Azerbaijan's foreign minister leaves for Athens
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 30 / Trend , M.Aliyev /
In Monday night, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov left for Athens to attend the annual meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the OSCE, which will be held on Dec. 1-2 in the capital of Greece.
The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan is going to make a speech at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend .
In the second half of the day, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan is supposed to meet with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Polukhov. According to the preliminary program, the meeting is also expected to be attended by the foreign ministers of the Minsk Group co-chair countries - Russia, France and the United States, said Polukhov.
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.
In Athens, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan will also hold bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of several countries, will participate at the meeting of foreign ministers of GUAM.