OSCE MG hopes for ministerial meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh

15 November 2016 11:53 (UTC+04:00)

By Gunay Hasanova

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are prepared to work with the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in any way that can bring a lasting settlement.

OSCE MG US Co-Chair James Warlick made the remark while talking to Trend on November 15.

The diplomat expressed hope that the co-chairs will be able to bring the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers together to continue an important discussion on key issues, including the importance of respecting the ceasefire and taking steps towards fully implementing decisions taken in Vienna and St. Petersburg.

“We continue to encourage the presidents to meet at the earliest opportunity,” added Warlick.

Following their recent visit to the region, the MG co-chairs noted the possibility of a meeting with the Azerbaijani and Armenian ministers in Hamburg, as well as stressed the necessity of the presidents' meeting.

The foreign ministers may meet with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting scheduled for  December 8-9.

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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