YEREVAN, January 23./ARKA/. OSCE mission is going to carry out a monitoring on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops Wednesday, in line with the mandate of the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the press service of Armenian ministry of defense reported.
The monitoring will be conducted in the vicinity of Berkaber village, Tavush region of Armenia.
Field assistants of the personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Christo Christov, Irji Aberle and William Prayor will be monitoring on Armenia’s side and the personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and his field assistant Yevgeni Sharov will be monitoring on Azerbaijan’s side.
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-