By Sara Rajabova
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group – James Warlick (United States), Pierre Andrieu (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) will visit the South Caucasus region later this month, said Warlick.
Commenting on the recent meeting of the co-chairs in Washington, Warlick told Trend that during the consultations the sides discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the efforts of mediators to resolve it.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs gathered in Washington on July 6 to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Warlick said the co-chairs met with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and other senior representatives of the U.S. government.
Earlier, U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta said the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to the South Caucasus is under discussion and they intend to mull the organizing presidential meeting.
The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents periodically meet to discuss the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the sidelines of negotiations. However, the talks have so far failed to produce any genuine results, given the Armenian side's inclination to remain belligerent rather than engage in peace-making.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since then, a lengthy war in the early 1990s displaced over one million Azerbaijanis and led Armenian armed forces to occupy over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.