Minsk Group to mull Nagorno-Karabakh problem in Warsaw

By: Sara Rajabova

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Poland.

The U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend Agency on April 28 that the next steps towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed during the meeting of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, James Warlick (U.S.), Igor Popov (Russia) and Jacques Faure (France) in Warsaw.

Besides, U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Warlick will meet with the Azerbaijani-American and the Armenian-American communities in May.

“Looking forward to meeting in May with the Armenian-American community in Los Angeles and the Azerbaijani-American community in Houston to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Warlick wrote on his Twitter page.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

The UN Security Council’s four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal have not been enforced to this day.

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