Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr E. Huseynov / The US co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Matthew Bryza, intends to visit Azerbaijan on about the 5-8 June, the head of the Public Relations Department of the United States Embassy to Azerbaijan, Johnatan Henik reported.
According to Henik, the US mediator of the OSCE Minsk Group will hold talks on the current situation of the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the Azerbaijani administration. As the Advisor on Europe and Eurasia of the US Secretary of State, he will participate in the 14th International Exhibition Conference 'Caspian Sea - Oil, Gas, Oil Processing, and Petrochemistry' to be held in Baku on 5-8 June. The US Deputy Trade Minister will also be in attendance.
The Russian and French co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group visited the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict region on 21-25 May. An agreement on the next round of talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents was reached.
"During this stage of the settlement, the issue on the liberation of 7 regions and the status of Nagorno-Karabakh will be the topic of further discussions," Yuri Merzlakov, the Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, said during the press conference in Baku. He noted that it was too early to talk about co-ordinating the basic principles with regards to the peaceful settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to the territorial claims of Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia occupied 20% of Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven of the surrounding regions in the country. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement which put an end to the hostilities. The Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.
The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos will pay a visit to Baku and Yerevan on 4-5 June in order to provide a new impetus to the negotiations.