Kazakhstan Prepared to Assist in Resolution of Armenian –Azerbaijani conflict as OSCE Chair: Kazakh Ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 July / corr Trend R.Novruzov / Kazakhstan is prepared to assist in the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. "During its chairmanship tenure at the OSCE Kazakhstan is prepared to put every effort to settle the conflict," Serik Primbetov, the Kazakh Ambassador to Azerbaijan, told journalists on 4 July.
Kazakhstan will chair at the OSCE by 2010.
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.
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