German FM: OSCE foreign ministers to mull Karabakh issue
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:
All the main issues of topical agenda are planned to be discussed at the informal meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers, said German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The meeting will be held on Sept. 1 in Potsdam [Germany], RIA Novosti reported Aug. 31.
In the current crisis-ridden world, the OSCE’s role is probably more important than ever with regard to crisis management in the east of Ukraine, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh and other conflicts in Europe, just as with regard to ensuring peace and security, German Foreign Ministry’s press service quoted Steinmeier as saying Aug. 31.
The minister added also that the German delegation plans to discuss all these important topics, as well as issues of international terrorism and refugees in Potsdam.
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.