Minsk Group co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan soon

By: Sara Rajabova

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will visit Azerbaijan on May 31 to discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend news agency on May 30 that the co-chairmen and the Azerbaijani leadership will hold talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Last time, co-chairs Jacques Faure (France), James Warlick (U.S.) and Igor Popov (Russia) and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, travelled to the region May 16-19.

They were joined by Ambassador Pierre Andrieu, who will take over as French co-chair in June.

During the visit, they discussed the process of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The main objective of their visit was to review the situation in Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, Kelbajar, and Lachin regions, in accordance with their mandate.

OSCE Chairman, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter will also visit Azerbaijan in early June.

The precarious cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia was reached after a lengthy war that displaced over a million Azerbaijanis and has been in place between the two South Caucasus countries since 1994.

Since the beginning of the hostilities, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenia’s withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territory, but none of them have been enforced to this day.

Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the US through the OSCE Minsk Group, are underway on the basis of a peace outline proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs dubbed the Madrid Principles. The negotiations have been largely fruitless so far.


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