Azerbaijan, Baku, July 4 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/
Co-Chairs of OSCE Minsk Group,
Robert Bradtke (USA), Bernard Fassier (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) are on visit to Baku. During the visit, the co-chairs will meet with officials of Azerbaijan.
Co-chairs' visit to Baku had been scheduled for July 5, they arrived a day early to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan, to discuss the current situation in talks on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
Before Baku, the mediators visited Khankendi and Yerevan.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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