Defense Ministry: OSCE monitors contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian armies
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The monitoring was held without incidents on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces near the Ashagi Seidahmadli village in the Fizuli region of Azerbaijan on Tuesday, Teymur Abdullayev spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said. The monitoring was held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman.
The monitoring was held on the Azerbaijani side by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative field assistants Antal Herdich and William Pryor.
The monitoring was held on the opposite side, which the international community recognizes as Azerbaijani territory, by the field assistant of personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Imre
Palatinus, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative's field assistants Christo Christov and Jaslan Nurtazin.
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.