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OSCE Acting Chairman to visit Azerbaijan early March

Politics Materials 10 January 2011 14:08
The OSCE Acting Chairman and Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Audronius Azubalis will visit Azerbaijan in early March, Lithuanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kestutis Kudzmanas told Trend.
OSCE Acting Chairman to visit Azerbaijan early March

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend S. Agayeva /

The OSCE Acting Chairman and Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Audronius Azubalis will visit Azerbaijan in early March, Lithuanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kestutis Kudzmanas told Trend.

This will be the first visit by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister as the OSCE Acting Chairman. During the visit, he is expected to discuss cooperation both within the framework of the OSCE, and in a bilateral format with the Azerbaijani authorities, Kudzmanas said.

The talks will focus on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as Lithuania's efforts in resolving the conflict as the country chairing the OSCE.

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, comprising 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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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