Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 15
The ceasefire monitoring at the contact line between the troops of Azerbaijan and Armenia, in the direction of Tartar district, held in accordance with the mandate of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Jan. 15, ended with no incident, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend on Jan. 15.
The Personal Representative’s field assistants Ghenadie Petrica and Martin Schuster carried out the monitoring from the territory of Azerbaijan.
The Personal Representative’s field assistants Michael Olaru and Simon Tiller carried out the monitoring on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan 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.