Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to continue negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs next month, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said commenting on the results of the meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, which was held on Wednesday in New York in the framework of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
"All in all talks lasted for more than 3 hours. It was interesting and important exchange of views on the ongoing conflict resolution development, as well as what must be done in bringing sustainable peace to the region. We agreed to continue these talks in the upcoming month including visit of the co-chairs to the 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.