Azerbaijani FM, OSCE MG co-chairs to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in London (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, April 2 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
An informal meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers will be held in Dublin in late April, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a joint press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart Audronius Azubalis in Baku.
"I will hold another meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in London," he said.
Mammadyarov said this year is an election year in the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries and the conflict parties, which can lead to stagnation in the negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh.
"But it is necessary to take into account that the negotiation process should be continued, as there are issues that can not be set aside," Mammadyarov said.
He said Baku stands firm on its position, and certain issues in the negotiation process still remain open, and require coordination mainly within a great peace agreement.
"Unresolved conflict, unresolved issue of refugees, a lack of relations between two of three South Caucasus countries cannot positively influence the development of the region as a whole," 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 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 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.