Lingering Conflicts in GUAM Territory to be Discussed in Kiev: Ambassador

Politics Materials 30 October 2007 11:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku Trend / corr K.Ramazanova / The lingering conflicts in the territory of GUAM will be discussed in Kiev on 14 November, Stepan Bolkovetzkiy, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said.

" Ukraine initiated the organization of a conference on lingering conflicts in the territory of GUAM on the level of foreign minister from the member-countries - Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova," the Ambassador said.

Conflicts existing in the territory of GUAM member-countries except Ukraine. These are the Georgian-Abkhzian, Georgian-Osetin, Armenian-Azerbaijani- conflicts, as well as Pre-Dniester problem. At present, the program of the conference is being defined.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.