U.S. seeks to build trust between Azerbaijan and Armenia

The U.S. supports people-to-people and track two programs to build trust and understanding between the people of Azerbaijan and Armenia, OSCE Minsk Group’s U.S. co-chairman James Warlick wrote on his Twitter page on April 29.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.