OSCE chairman to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement in Baku and Yerevan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 12
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
OSCE Chairman, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement with the officials of Azerbaijan and Armenia during the visit to the South Caucasus, a diplomatic source told Trend Jan. 12.
"Dacic's visit to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia is scheduled for the coming months," a statement says.
Dacic will head the OSCE during the year.
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter headed the OSCE in 2014.
"As the OSCE chairing country, Serbia intends to focus on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict settlement," Dacic said during a visit to Azerbaijan in September 2014.
"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be a priority for Serbia's presidency in the OSCE," Dacic said in Baku. "Of course, it is too early to talk about the new format. But we will objectively work with all sides."
During his chairmanship in the OSCE in 2015, Dacic promised to thoroughly deal with crises and conflicts.
"Once again, I will visit this region and will make every effort for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement," he said.
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.
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