Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.15
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
OSCE hopes that the parties to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will engage in the intensified process of negotiations, Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office told Trend on Sept.15.
Kasprzyk underscored that the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter urged the conflicting parties to be engaged in this process during his recent visit to the region.
He said OSCE has presented its proposals to the conflicting parties and urged them to start intensified negotiations.
"Now the sides have to take the necessary steps to move the process forward," Kasprzyk said, adding that any initiatives and efforts of the parties to bring the process forward are positive.
He went on to add that OSCE, as well as Minsk Group co-chairs, are ready to assist the conflicting parties.
The personal representative also positively assessed the meetings of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Sochi and Wales, and expressed hope that the presidents will use the opportunity to continue the dialogue upon the invitation of French president.
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.