OSCE to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

OSCE to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed during the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The topic on 'The recent and tragic escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict' will be discussed during the PACE session on April 18, Trend reports with reference to a message posted on the website of the organization.

Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.

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% 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 US, are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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