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Armenian President discusses Nagorno-Karabakh problem with OSCE chairman

Trend

July 16, 2013

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement with OSCE Chairman, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara in Yerevan on Monday, the presidential press-service said today, ARKA reported.

"During the meeting the sides expressed full support for the OSCE Minsk Group's mission on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, aimed at making the measures to reduce tension," a statement said.

They also discussed the fulfillment of international agreements in the field of armaments, within the OSCE.

Sargsyan said that Armenia appreciates Kozhara's visit, which shows the attention of the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship to the problems of the South Caucasus region.

The President stressed that Yerevan attaches great importance to the cooperation within the OSCE.

According to him, the organization continues playing a major role in strengthening the stability and security in the Eurasian region and especially in the South Caucasus region.

Sargsyan appreciated the OSCE contribution in the protection of human rights and the development of the democratic processes.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.

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