Azerbaijan, OSCE mull Karabakh conflict settlement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 19
Azerbaijan’s defense minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has met with Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the current situation at the contact line between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, the monitoring results, and the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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.