France’s Hollande: OSCE MG to make every effort to resume negotiations
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will make every effort to resume the negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Francois Hollande said after his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Paris on Monday, Panarmenian news agency reported.
During the meeting, Sargsyan invited Hollande to pay a state visit to Armenia in 2013. The French president has accepted the invitation of the Armenian counterpart.
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.