OSCE may appoint special representative on Nagorno Karabakh during winter session
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 2 / Trend S. Agayeva /
An OSCE Parliamentary Assembly special envoy on conflicts in the South Caucasus may be appointed during the organization's winter session.
"During the session on Feb. 24-25 in Vienna, a special envoy may be appointed," diplomatic sources told Trend.
Former OSCE PA Special Representative on Nagorno Karabakh and Georgia Goran Lannmarker left the post in November. Lannmarker was not been reelected in the parliamentary elections in Sweden in September and is no longer a member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president is authorized to appoint a special envoy at any time, the source said. However, no candidates for the post have yet been announced.
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 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.