Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 27 /Тrend News, E.Rustamov/
Discussions started over the questions which are of interest for Azerbaijan and Armenia, on which the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group were suggested to say their consideration, Russian co-chairman of the Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov briefed the media on Feb. 27 in Baku airport.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
OSCE MG cochairs Matthew Bryza (the U.S.), Bernard Fassier (France) and Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) held talks today in Baku. They offered their ideas on how to resolve disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Bryza told Trend . Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the diplomats.
The co-chairs left for Khankandi then to negotiate in Yerevan.
"When we return to Yerevan, the situation will be more clear," Merzlyakov said.
In Yerevan the co-chairmen plan to meet with the President Sarkisyan and Foreign Minister Nalbandyan on Mar. 2. "Probably we will return here on Mar. 3 in order to again meet with the President and Foreign Minister in Baku," he said.
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