Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 4 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Cooperation in resolving the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and preventing the further escalation of tension in the area is a main priority today, and the positions of the Russian Federation and the other key members of OSCE agree, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.
"Russia's active participation in the OSCE Minsk Group's activity and the Russian President's personal involvement in promoting high-level discussions between Azerbaijan and Armenia are important elements in finding a solution," Zannier's article, published in today's issue of Kommersant newspaper 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 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 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.