Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5
The monitoring held on March 5 under the mandate of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative on the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies near the village of Kemerli of Azerbaijan's Gazakh region passed without incidents, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on March 5.
On the Azerbaijani sid,e the monitoring was held by the field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Hristo Hristov and Peter Svedberg.
On the Armenian side, the monitoring was conducted by the field assistant of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Evgeny Sharov and personal assistant William Pryor.
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.
Edited by C.N.