OSCE MG co-chair: Negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict enter active stage
A negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution entered a very active phase, U.S. co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, Robert Bradtke told journalists in Yerevan, News.am. reported. He added that the parties have a task to make progress in resolving the conflict.
"So, we should not hurry with conclusions and wait for the next evolution of the situation," Bradtke said, stressing that the parties should clarify their position, cooperating with the Minsk mediators, and then summarize it.
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.