OSCE discusses Nagorno Karabakh in Yerevan
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian discussed resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Chairman Petros Efthimiou today.
Efthimiou is on visit to Yerevan.
Mediamax reported that Efthimiou stressed the need to create an atmosphere of trust by strengthening the armistice regime and withdrawing snipers. He added that there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement.
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.