YEREVAN, December 17. /ARKA/. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan is discussing at this moment Karabakh conflict settlement ways with OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Jacques Faure (France) and James Warlick (the United States) and Andrzej Kasprzyk, Personal Representative of OSCE CiO, Novosti-Armenia reports.
They met in Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
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---