OSCE will continue to support the work of the Minsk Group co-chairs for a definitive and shared solution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, OSCE chairperson-in-office, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said at the UN Security Council meeting in New York.
The organization is focused on protracted conflicts, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in the OSCE region, he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.