The Contact Group of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will discuss the issue of settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan on the sidelines of another session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The OIC reported that the discussions will be held on September 19.
During its summit in Istanbul in April 2016, the OIC made a decision to establish a contact group for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which included the foreign ministers of the OIC member-states. The decision was made at Turkey’s initiative.
The first meeting of the OIC Contact Group in connection with Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan will be held at the level of foreign ministers as part of the general debates at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a lengthy war that ended with signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.
While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, the occupation of the territory of the sovereign state with its internationally recognized boundaries has been left out of due attention of the international community for years.
Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions on immediate withdrawal from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan, thus keeping tension high in the region.
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