OSCE: Fragility of ceasefire on Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact remains a serious concern
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 15 / Trend, S.Ahmedova/
The fragility of the ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact remains a serious concern, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Andrzej Kasprzyk told Trend on Monday.
Andrzej Kasprzyk said that the violation of ceasefire will always jeopardise progress in the negotiations.
"Despite numerous reports of ceasefire violations this year and at least one report of an attempted incursion on the LOC, the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the LOC remains relatively stable," Kasprzyk said.
According to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, the number of those reported killed or wounded is lower than in previous years.
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.