OSCE to monitor contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian armies
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 6 / Trend /
Monitoring will be held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces on the Agdam-Barda road of Azerbaijan on June 7, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported. The monitoring will be held under a mandate of the OSCE chairman.
The monitoring will be held on the Azerbaijani side by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk, field assistant Marius Puodziunas and office coordinator Imre Platinus.
The monitoring will be 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 Antal Herdich and Christo Christov.
During the monitoring the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative are planned to cross to the opposite side of contact line.
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.