Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
The OSCE monitoring held May 11 along the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has passed without incidents, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.
The monitoring was held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the contact line to the west of the Tapgaragoyunlu village of Azerbaijan's Goranboy district, the ministry said.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring was carried out by the field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Hristo Hristov, Simon Tiller and special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office for the South Caucasus Gunther Bachler.
On the opposite side, the monitoring was conducted by the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Andrzej Kasprzyk, his field assistant Peter Svedberg and the representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office Thomas Lenk.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.