Germany’s OSCE chairmanship supports the OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts to create mechanisms of investigating the incidents in the area of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the German Mission to the OSCE told Trend June 7.
The Mission was commenting on the German Ambassador to Armenia Matthias Kiesler’s statement made June 6 that Germany submitted a draft budget to the OSCE concerning the formation of trust mechanisms in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area.
Investigation of incidents in the conflict area is one of the mechanisms of establishing trust between the conflict sides.
The Mission also said Germany’s OSCE chairmanship fully supports the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ activity, as well as the work on expanding the team of the OSCE Personal Representative, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
Germany has been chairing the OSCE since January 2016. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the OSCE chairperson-in-office.
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.