STEPANAKERT, September 10. /ARKA/. The US Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick will participate in the monitoring of contact line between forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in Askeran direction. The monitoring will be carried out on September 13, as agreed with the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
OSCE acting chairman personal representative Andjey Kasprshik and his field assistant Irji Aberle will observe the positions fr om NKR Army of Defence side.
The NKR authorities expressed their readiness to support the monitoring and ensure security of the OSCE mission members, according to the report.
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 wh ere 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—