OSCE MG ceasefire monitoring ends with no incident
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 31
The ceasefire monitoring exercise on the Line of Contact, in the direction of Aghdam region, held in accordance with the mandate of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on October 31, ended with no incident, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said in a message on Oct. 31.
The Personal Representative`s field assistants Mihail Olaru and Simon Tiller carried out the monitoring exercise from the territory of Azerbaijan.
The Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk, his field assistant Ghenadie Petrica, Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov, Stephane Visconti and his personal assistant Quentin de Rancourt, Andrew Schofer and his personal assistant David Burnstein carried out the monitoring exercise on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan that is occupied and controlled by the armed forces of Armenia.
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.