Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers will hold a meeting with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in the framework of the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, US co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told APA on Thursday.
“In Hamburg, we look forward to the ministers’ meeting with each other and continuing an important discussion on key issues”, said Warlick.
The co-chairs are in contact with the ministers and presidents and are available to meet at any time, he added.
The Hamburg meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council is due to take place on Dec. 8-9.
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 OSCE 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, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.