Deputy Speaker: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ activity can yield positive results
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.20 / Trend, E. Mehdiyev /
Activity of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs can yield positive results in resolving Azerbaijani-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Deputy Speaker of Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told journalists on Friday.
Finding difficulty to forecast Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents' next meeting scheduled for Jan.23 in Sochi, Muradova stressed that the continuation of the negotiations indicate that limit to resolve the conflict peacefully is not exhausted.
"One can wish the rest co-chair countries of the Minsk Group to be as active as Russia. If the general activity will be aimed at resolving the conflict, then, a positive result will be surely achieved," Muradova 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 per cent 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 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.