OSCE MG hoping for early presidential meeting over Karabakh
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 11
By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend:
During the upcoming meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group (MG) co-chairs with the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, the sides will follow up on decisions taken at the summit meetings in Vienna and St. Petersburg, James Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group’s US co-chair, told Trend Oct. 11.
“The co-chairs plan to visit the region later this month to meet with the presidents,” said Warlick. “We will continue discussions on elements of a settlement that can bring lasting peace to the region.”
The diplomat also expressed hope that Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan can agree to meet at an early opportunity to continue their face to face discussions.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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