FM: Ukraine interested in intensifying OSCE Minsk Group’s activity
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Ukraine is interested in the intensification of the OSCE Minsk Group's activity which has recently weakened a little, OSCE chairman and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara told media after a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku today.
The OSCE head arrived in Azerbaijan on Sunday.
One of the main issues of the Ukrainian chairmanship is the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Kozhara added.
"We are concerned about the problems of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and support the Minsk Group's activity," OSCE head said. "We also consider it necessary to intensify its activity."
According to him, Kiev will also support meetings of Azerbaijani and Armenian communities and humanitarian contacts as these meetings can help in the conflict settlement.
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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.