US Seeks Agreement which will Support Azerbaijan’s Territorial Integrity
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 October/ Trend , corr A. Gasimova/ The United States is seeking agreement on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which will support territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Matthew Bryza, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the United States and chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group said to Trend .
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen from France, Russia and US - Bernard Fassier, Yuriy Merzlyakov and Matthew Bryza plan to visit the conflict region next week. This will be first visit of the mediators after presidential election in Azerbaijan due to which talks were suspended. The co-chairmen plan to act more actively now, Bernard Fasiser, French co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group said to Trend .
The co-chairmen will visit Azerbaijan within the next couple weeks, Bryza said.
"The US seeks an agreement that is mutually agreed, which begins with Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, and includes additional international principles," Bryza said.
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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