Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be the main topic of the negotiations during OSCE chairman, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter's visit to Azerbaijan, Swiss ambassador to Azerbaijan Pascal Obisher told Trend on May 2.
"During his visit Burkhalter will meet with the leadership of Azerbaijan, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials of the country," he added.
The diplomat said that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the prospects of developing the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Switzerland, the events in the region and Ukraine will be discussed during the visit.
Burkhalter will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on June 3.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding 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.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN