France replacing co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh
YEREVAN, May 19. /ARKA/. French diplomat Pierre Andrieu will replace Jacques Faure as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group on Karabakh peace process.
On Friday Andrieu, together with other co-chairs, Igor Popov (Russia) and James Warlick (USA), Jacques Faure (France), and with the personal representative of OSCE chairman-in-office Andjey Kasprshik met with Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan.
The president appreciated Faure’s contribution to the process and thanked him for his mission in the negotiations.
The co-chairs and the president discussed the current status of the Karabakh peace process and further steps, the press office of Armenian president reported.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal 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 itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousands people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. -0-