Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will on Sept. 1 make a working trip to Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend August 28.
"Various aspects of bilateral ties, the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the role of Russia, as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, in the conflict's settlement will be discussed during the visit," said Hajiyev.
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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by CN