Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.16
By Anakhanim Hidayatova - Trend:
On Feb.16, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs began their visit to Azerbaijan.
During the visit, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs James Warlick (USA), Igor Popov (Russia) and Pierre Andre (France) will hold talks in Baku.
The talks will also be held with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, during which the sides will discuss the issues of settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The discussion of steps towards a peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be the main topic of talks in Baku, the OSCE Minsk Group's US Co-Chair James Warlick tweeted Feb. 16.
On Feb.17, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs will leave for Yerevan and then for Nagorno-Karabakh.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.