OSCE MG: Co-chairs wel­come all ef­forts to move to­wards Karabakh con­flict’s res­o­lu­tion

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“The co-chairs sup­port any ar­range­ments reached by the sides that con­trib­ute to reach­ing that aim and stand ready to ren­der any and all nec­es­sary me­di­a­tion as­sis­tance to help the sides find a last­ing com­pre­hen­sive set­tle­ment,” said the OSCE.

Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan Il­ham Aliyev and Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan had a con­ver­sa­tion on the side­lines of the CIS Sum­mit in Dushanbe.

The par­ties af­firmed their com­mit­ment to the process of ne­go­ti­a­tions on the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and the strength­en­ing of the cease­fire regime for pre­vent­ing in­ci­dents on the line of con­tact and Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan border.

The par­ties de­cided to de­velop mech­a­nisms for build­ing prompt con­tacts be­tween rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

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 re­gions.

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 re­gions.

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