OSCE Chair to visit Armenia
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara will arrive in Armenia on an official visit, the press service of Armenian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti.
Kozhara is planned to meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Speaker of Armenian Parliament Hovik Abrahamyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, and other Armenian officials.
It is expected that one of the key topics at the meetings in Armenia will be the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The issues of cooperation between Armenia and the OSCE, as well as bilateral Armenian-Ukrainian relations will be discussed at the meeting.
The visit of the OSCE Chair to the South Caucasus region was planned at the end of June. But, only the visits to Tbilisi and Baku were carried out. The visit to Yerevan was postponed to a later date due to technical reasons.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.