Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to Meet with OSCE Minsk Group’s Co-chairs in New York (video)

Politics Materials 20 September 2008 14:24 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 September / Trend corr. R.Novruzov/ Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs Elmar Mammadyarov and Edvard Nalbandyan will meet with OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs next week. The meeting will take place in New York within the session of the UN General Assembly, Minsk Group French co-chair Bernard Fassier said to journalists in Baku on 20 September.

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.

The intermediaries plan to discuss settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Mammadyarov and Nalbandyan will meet in New York with participation of Turkish FM as well. The talks, initiated by the Turkish FM, will last from 25 to 26 September, CNN Turk said.

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