YEREVAN, June 5. /ARKA/. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is welcoming the OSCE proposal to create a mechanism for preventing incidents on the contact line, Nagorno-Karabakh Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan said on Wednesday after Didier Burkhalter, the president of Switzerland and the OSCE chairman-in-office, expressed this intention as met with Bako Sahakyan, the president of the republic.
“I just want to remind you that the Karabakh side put forward similar proposals for decades,” Mirzoyan was quoted by Novosti-Armenia as saying. “Karabakh proposed to recall snipers from the contact line, to create analysis mechanisms and to take certain steps for prevention of similar incidents.”
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France..-0---