Baku, Azerbaijan, May 18
OSCE is expected to monitor the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops on May 19, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry told Trend May 18.
It is planned to hold the monitoring under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the contact line to the north of the Bash Garvand village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be carried out by the field assistant of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Hristo Hristov and head of the OSCE High Level Planning Group, Colonel Hans Lampalzer.
On the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by the field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Simon Tiller, Peter Svedberg and representative of the OSCE High Level Planning Group, Colonel Andrei Barashkin.
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.