Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs did not meet as part of OSCE meeting for first time
Basel, Switzerland, Dec. 5
By Elchin Huseynov - Trend:
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov has not met with Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian as part of the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Trend's special correspondent in Basel said Dec. 5.
This information was also confirmed by acting spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Hikmet Hajiyev.
However, the ministers have recently met with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen separately and discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.