Azerbaijani FM to meet with OSCE Minsk Group in June
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 13 / Trend, E.Ostapenko /
The OSCE Minsk Group meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is scheduled for June, said in the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs - Ambassador Bernard Fassier of France, Ambassador Robert Bradtke of the United States, Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation- met Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian May 12 in Brussels. Then meeting discussed the current stage of negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and convergence of positions on the updated Madrid principles.
The proposals of the Minsk Group, officially submitted to the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia at the OSCE Madrid summit in November 2007, are the foundation of today's negotiations.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.