OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs meet with representatives of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov 30 /Trend E.Mehdiyev/
OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs Robert Bradtke, of the United States, Bernard Fassier, France, Igor Popov, and Russia, met with representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh in Baku.
Representatives of the Azerbaijani community once again informed the mediators about the will of internally displaced persons to return to their land as soon as possible, Bayram Safarov the head of the Public Association Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh said to Trend.
The new French co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, Jacques Faure, who will replace Bernard Fassier was presented to the community representatives
Visit of mediators in the region began on Nov. 28. After Yerevan they conducted monitoring in the Gazakh district of Azerbaijan, which is bordering with Armenia, and then arrived in Baku. Today, mediators met with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Defense Minister Safar Abiyev.
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.