OSCE Chairman-in-Office: Kazakhstan hopes OSCE summit will accelerate resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov.29 / Trend A. Maratov /
Kazakhstan and OSCE in general, sincerely hope that the organization's upcoming summit in Astana will accelerate the advancement of the future resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry quotes the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Saudabayev, as saying.
"OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Kazakh Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev received OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to discuss the current state and prospects of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the eve of the summit in Astana. The meeting was also attended by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk," the Ministry said.
According to the information, ambassador from the Russian Federation Igor Popov and the ambassador from the U.S. Robert Bradtke informed Saudabayev on the results of works to resolve the conflict, including the outcome of the visit to Azerbaijan and Armenia last week.
"Saudabayev during the meeting said that Kazakhstan and the OSCE in general, sincerely hope that the organization's upcoming summit in Astana will accelerate the advancement of the future resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully," the ministry said.
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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - 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