Germany says not necessary to change OSCE Minsk Group format
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
By Anakhanim Hidayatova - Trend:
Germany sees no necessity for changing the current OSCE Minsk Group format, the German Foreign Ministry told Trend on Feb. 5.
Earlier, the deputy chairman of the OSCE PA's committee on political affairs and security, the Azerbaijani MP, Azay Guliyev said he plans to raise the issue of increasing the number of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from three countries - the US, Russia and France - to five, including Germany and Turkey.
Guliyev said he will raise the issue at the winter session of the OSCE PA, to be held in Vienna.
"As a member of the Minsk Group, Germany maintains a constant dialogue with the Minsk Group co-chairs. Together we will continue to explore how the EU can engage more effectively in order to support the efforts of the Minsk Group," the ministry 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.