Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.6 / Trend /
The Lithuanian chairmanship will not be revolutionary since the OSCE is an organization where the achieved progress is measured in millimeters, but has "the value of gold", The Baltic Course quoted the OSCE Special Envoy for Protracted Conflicts Giedrius Cekuolis.
Lithuania accepted OSCE chairmanship from Kazakhstan on Jan.1.
"The chairmanship's goal when aiming to make progress in protracted conflicts will be to prompt the political will of the participating states in making use of the existing mechanisms," he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988, when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces 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 with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, comprising Russia, France, and the U.S., currently engaged in peace negotiations.
Armenia is yet to implement the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.