U.S. Under Secretary of State to meet Minsk Group co-chairs
Azerbaijan , Baku , April 27 /Trend/
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns will meet Wednesday with the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, and Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, says a statement by State Department.
Burns will discuss the Co-Chairs' recent and upcoming activities as mediators of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, read the statement.
Under Secretary will reaffirm the United States' strong commitment as a Co-Chair of the Minsk Group to helping the sides achieve a lasting, peaceful settlement of the conflict.
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 U.S. - are currently holding 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.