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OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to visit Azerbaijan in early April (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 15 March 2013 16:37 (UTC +04:00)
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will visit Azerbaijan in early April, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told media today.

The details were added (the first version was posted at 14:30)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend, E. Mehdiyev /

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will visit Azerbaijan in early April, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told media today.

A presidential meeting is not planned, the minister said.

While responding to questions about the activity of the Minsk Group, Mammadyarov said that each of three co-chairs (Russia, France and the U.S.) pursues policy geared towards its own interest.

"All three countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council and play an important role in the world," he said. "Sooner or later, our lands will be returned. Currently we are holding negotiations and we hope that the process will move from the dead point."

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.

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