Azerbaijan’s defense minister receives OSCE special representative
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 15
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov received on Aug. 15 the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Special Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk, according to a message from Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan.
During the meeting the parties discussed the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, and the results of a recent monitoring of the ceasefire, according to the message.
They also exchanged views on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Edited by S.I.