OSCE field assessment mission arrives in Nagorno-Karabakh
The OSCE field assessment mission has arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh on Thursday, the Novosti-Armenia news agency reported.
Members of the Assessment Mission, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen in the territories around Nagorno-Karabakh, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen Igor Popov (Russia), Robert Bradtke (U.S), Bernard Fassier (France) and the special representative of the OSCE chairman Andrzej Kasprzyk arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh from Yerevan, where last night met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen launched their visit to the region from Baku on Oct.4, where they met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
The OSCE assessment mission examines the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan upon Baku's initiative. During the last visit, the co-chairs visited these areas and studied the situation. It is expected that the mediators will prepare a report on the situation in the occupied lands.
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 and the surrounding regions.