Date of OSCE Acting Chairman’s visit to Azerbaijan defined
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.27 / Trend, S. Agayeva /
The OSCE Acting Chairman and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis will visit Azerbaijan on March 14, a diplomatic source told Trend today.
This is the Lithuanian Foreign Minister's first visit as the OSCE Acting Chairman. It is expected to discuss with the Azerbaijani side the cooperation both within the OSCE, and in a bilateral format during the visit, the source said.
The talks will mainly focus on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as Lithuania's efforts as the country chairing the OSCE in resolving the conflict.
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 United States - 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 and the surrounding regions.