OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia

09:44, July 14, 2011      

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The co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group will visit Azerbaijan and Armenia this week to compare notes with the disputing sides on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

The OSCE chairperson-in-office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis met the group's co-chairs prior to their trip to the South Caucasus, according to reports reaching here on Wednesday.

The visit was aimed at achieving a breakthrough in the negotiations concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

The OSCE group co-chairs consists of Bernard Fassier from France, Igor Popov from Russia and Robert Bradtke from the United States.

The presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia met late last month in the Russian city of Kazan, but failed to reach a consensus on the basic principles for a comprehensive solution of the dispute.

The Nagorno-Karabakh issue started in 1988 and Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire accord in 1994.

The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States, has been orchestrating peace negotiations between the two countries.

Source: Xinhua
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