Azerbaijani FM: OSCE MG co-chairs arrive in region with no new proposals
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend S.Aliyev /
The OSCE Minsk Group arrived in the region with no new proposals on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters on Tuesday.
He said Azerbaijan's position was once again restated at the meetings with the co-chairs.
"Following the meeting in Baku, the co-chairs plan to visit Nagorno-Karabakh and then Yerevan," he said. "The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia, Mammadyarov, Sergei Lavrov, and Edward Nalbandian, will meet in Moscow on June 11 to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will meet in Kazan in late June.
Mammadyarov said some questions regarding the "road map" remain open and these issues should continue to be turned over so that resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict may begin.
The Armenian armed forces should be withdrawn from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan to prevent war, he stressed.
"It was repeatedly stressed that the snipers should be withdrawn, but if the Armenian armed forces withdraw from these territories, then snipers will change their positions," he said.
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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.