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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be discussed in Minsk March 12

Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group are on a three-day visit in Minsk. Just in a few hours, Belarus' foreign minister is scheduled to meet with the ambassadors of France, Russia, the United States, as well as personal representative of the OSCE Chairman on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The sides will discuss the possible contribution, including that of Belarus, to the settlement of the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Dmitry Mironchik, foreign ministry spokesperson:
During the meetings, the sides will discuss topical issues of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the possible contribution of Belarus to this process. Russia, the US and France are co-chairing states. Its members are Belarus (a country, which, in accordance with the decisions of the OSCE is going host a peace conference on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict), Germany, Italy, Turkey, Finland, and Sweden.  

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries has lasted for more than a decade. All this time, the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts - 20 percent of Azerbaijan - have been under control of Armenian armed forces. Under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, in May 1994, the parties reached a ceasefire. However, the conflict has not ended. It is considered by international experts as frozen.

Dmitry Mironchik, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus