Azerbaİjan, Armenİa agree on extensİon of OSCE monİtorİng group İn Nagorno-Karabakh – Warlİck
APA. Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents have agreed on the extension of the OSCEmonitoring group on the contact line of troops and the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told RIA Novosti.
He noted that the OSCE MG co-chairs are actively working towards the implementation of the commitments made by presidents during meetings in Vienna and St. Petersburg.
“It is planned to continue extensive negotiations to resolve the conflict with the involvement of senior officials from each side,” said Warlick. “Progress in the diplomatic direction is required to reduce tensions between the parties.”
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 includesNagorno-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 OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.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.