Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. К.Ramazanova / Bernard Fassier, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, answering to the questions of journalists in Baku airport on 13 January stated that the proposals on the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were for the first time officially submitted in Madrid.
"For the first time since the beginning of the negotiations the three Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group submitted the proposals on the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict simultaneously." According to Fassier, the proposals have a positive character for Azerbaijan and Armenia.
"Now, the both sides have enough time to think over the made proposals," Fassier said. The monitoring on the contact line between the both countries is expected to hold on 16 January.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988, due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful negotiations.