The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

OSCE MG co-chairs urges Karabakh conflict sides to reduce tensions

OSCE MG co-chairs urges Karabakh conflict sides to reduce tensions



The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group has called on the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to take additional steps to reduce tensions.

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America, together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on Feb.7 and President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan on Feb.9, reads the statement issued by the OSCE MG on Feb.11.

In both capitals, they also held consultations with the respective Foreign Ministers. The Co-Chairs also travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh on Feb. 9-11 and visited specific locations in the Zangelan, Kubatly, Agdam, Lachin, and Kelbajar districts, reads the statement.

“The Co-Chairs underscored the importance of fulfilling, in good faith, all commitments undertaken during the October 2017 Summit in Geneva and at previous summits, in particular, Vienna and St. Petersburg,” reads the statement.

The Co-Chairs also expressed deep concern over the recent loss of life on the Line of Contact. The Co-Chairs called upon the sides to take additional steps to reduce tensions, as agreed in Geneva, and to respect the ceasefire, as well as to refrain from inflammatory statements and provocative actions.

“The Co-Chairs reiterate their commitment to helping the Sides find a peaceful solution to the conflict based on the core principles of the Helsinki Act, including the non-use of force, territorial integrity, and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples,” reads the statement.

The Co-Chairs welcomed the parties' expressed intention to continue intensive negotiations, taking into account the current electoral period.