Defense Ministry: OSCE monitors contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian armies; violation recorded
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 14 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The monitoring held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces under a mandate of the OSCE chairman fixed a violation.
The monitoring held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces outside the Kemerli village in the Gazakh region of Azerbaijan on Dec. 14 is regarded as completed, but the Armenian side was about 1-1.5 kilometers away from the earlier coordinated place, Deputy Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Teymur Abdullayev said.
Abdullayev said this fact may be regarded as a violation.
The monitoring was held on the Azerbaijani side by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative field assistants Imre Palatinus and Jaslan Nurtazin.
The monitoring was held on the opposite side, which the international community recognizes as Azerbaijani territory, by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk's field assistants Christo Christov, Antal Herdich and William Pryor.
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.