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Lavrov: Work underway to increase number of OSCE observers for Karabakh conflict


The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office is working to agree practical parameters to increase the number of OSCE observers for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Vienna on Friday, APA reported.  

 

Lavrov said that the issue of increasing the number of OSCE observers at the contact line was discussed at the joint meeting in Vienna in May 2016 of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents with the foreign ministers of the co-chair countries, and also at the meeting in St. Petersburg in June of both presidents with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

"The agreement was then handed over to the OSCE in principle,” added Russia’s top diplomat.

 

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 includes Nagorno-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 OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 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.

 

 

 

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