Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17
The ceasefire monitoring exercise on the Azerbaijan and Armenia state border in the direction of Kazakh region held in accordance with the mandate of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Aprel 17, ended with no incident, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.
The Personal Representative's field assistants Ghenadie Petrica and Martin Schuster carried out the monitoring exercise from the territory of Azerbaijan. The Personal Representative's field assistants Mihail Olaru and Ognjen Jovic carried out the monitoring from the other side of the border.
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.