YEREVAN, March 10. / ARKA /. Armenia’s foreign minister Edward Nalbandian is set to have a meting in Moscow with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Jacques Faure (France) and James Warlick (USA) on March 11.
"This is an intensive working process. The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will have a meeting when conditions for it will be created," Nalbandian said at a press conference with the visiting Srerbian foreign minister Ivan Mkrkic.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when the predominant Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared its secession from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh , but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousand people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 1994 and has been observed since then. The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under the auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. -0-