OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs agree on need for further talks at highest level
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 12
OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs have agreed on the need for further talks at the highest level to advance the peace process on Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to a message posted on the organization's website.
Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov (Russia), Jacques Faure (France), and James Warlick (U.S.) conducted a series of meetings from February 22 to March 11 in Paris and Moscow with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, and Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov.
Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, also participated in the meetings, according to the message.
The Co-Chairs continued working with the ministers to address issues raised by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan during their November 2013 meeting in Vienna. The ministers reiterated their desire to resolve the remaining issues, and move the process forward.
The Co-Chairs emphasized the value of continued cooperation and agreed on the need for further talks at the highest level to advance the peace process.
The Co-Chairs plan to visit the region in the next month.
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.