YEREVAN, May 22. /ARKA/. OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, who are mediators in the Karabakh conflict settlement, will tour the region later this month, Anna Naghdalyan, spokesperson of the Armenian foreign ministry, said Tuesday at a briefing. In her words, additional information will be provided later.
Naghdalyan said that the co-chairs will visit Yerevan, Stepanakert and Baku. She also said that the co-chairs have proposed to hold a meeting between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers, and that negotiations are under way now.
”We are waiting for concretization of technical details – the place and the date of the meeting so we can announce it,” Naghdalyan said.
She didn’t rule out that the two countries’ foreign ministers may meet in Washington of any other capital city.
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Тalks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France.