OSCE MINSK GROUP TO TALK OVER ARMENIA’S WITHDRAWAL FROM AZERBAIJANI LANDS
Sept 10 2014
10 September 2014, 15:10 (GMT+05:00)
By Sabina Ahmadova – Trend:
OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will visit Azerbaijan next week and the
withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the Azerbaijani territories
will be the main topic of discussions, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister
Elmar Mammadyarov said on Sept.10.
He made the remarks during the joint press conference with Serbia’s
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in Baku.
French President Francois Hollande has put forward a proposal to
arrange a meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents.
Currently, the date and program of the meeting are being fixed,
according to the minister.
Mammadyarov emphasized the need to start discussions on the peace
agreement to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
and pointed out the necessity of withdrawal of Armenian armed forces
from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.
He went on to add that it is expected to hold meetings with Minsk
Group co-chairs, as well as with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward
Nalbandian during the UN General Assembly session in New York.
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