OSCE Minsk group Co-chairs to visit Armenia today
YEREVAN, May 16. /ARKA/. The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Jacques Faure (France), Igor Popov (Russian Federation) and James Warlick (USA) are expected to arrive in Armenia today, the press secretary of Armenia’s foreign ministry Tigran Balayan wrote on his twitter page.
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--