OSCE: Azerbaijan is of great importance for Europe (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan is of great importance for Europe, vice-president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly George Tsereteli told reporters in Baku Jan. 25.
He said that Azerbaijan and the OSCE have fruitful cooperation, and the issues of its further development will be discussed during the current visit.
It is scheduled to hold meetings in the parliament and the government of Azerbaijan during the visit.
The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will also be discussed during the talks.
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.