OSCE MG co-chairs to join meeting of Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian FMs
- 27 April 2017
A meeting of the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian foreign ministers will be held in Moscow on April 28, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on April 27, an APA correspondent reported from Moscow.
"The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group and Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk will also join a certain stage of the meeting,” she said.
“The positions of the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be clarified during the talks,” said Zakharova, adding that the peaceful settlement of the conflict will also be discussed.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.