OSCE to monitor Azerbaijani, Armenian troops’ contact line
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 4
The OSCE is expected to monitor the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops on April 5, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry.
The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative along the line of contact in the direction of the Garakhanbayli village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli district, the ministry said.
On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be held by Peter Svedberg, Simon Tiller, field assistants of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative, and head of the High Level Planning Group, Colonel Hans Lampalzer.
On the Azerbaijani territories occupied and controlled by Armenian armed forces, the monitoring will be carried out by Ghenadie Petrica and Mikhail Olaru, field assistants of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative, as well as Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Farrelly, representative of the High Level Planning Group.
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.