OSCE MG changes its statement on downed Armenian helicopter (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.21
OSCE Minsk Group has changed its statement on the Armenian military helicopter shot down over the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
In its statement, OSCE Minsk Group has changed the name of the territory where the wreckage of the helicopter lies, from "neutral" to "no man's" land.
Previously, Azerbaijani officials expressed protest against this fact saying that using the "neutral territory" expression by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in their statement is unacceptable.
An Armenian Mi-24 military helicopter flying 1,700 meters northeast of the Kengerli village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district attacked the Azerbaijani army positions on Nov. 12. The helicopter was shot down by the Azerbaijani side.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.