OSCE to monitor Azerbaijani, Armenian troops’ contact line
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
Contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, running through the territory of Azerbaijan's Tartar district, will be monitored by OSCE Oct. 27.
The monitoring will be held under the mandate of personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry Oct. 26.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of the personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office, Yevgeny Sharov and Peter Svedberg.
On the Armenian side of the contact line, the monitoring will be held by the field assistants of the personal representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office, Irzhi Aberle and Hristo Hristov.
During the monitoring, the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Pierre Andrieu (France), James Warlick (the US) and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk will cross the contact line on its part controlled by Azerbaijan's armed forces.
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.