OSCE MG co-chairs plan to visit region in late July
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 8
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs James Warlick (US), Pierre Andrieu (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) plan to return to the region in late July, the US co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told Trend July 8.
Commenting on the recent meeting of the co-chairs in Washington, the diplomat said that the co-chairs held routine consultations in Washington where they met with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and other senior US government officials to discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and ongoing mediation efforts.
The Minsk Group, the activities of which have become known as the Minsk Process, spearheads the OSCE's efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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.
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