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OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5

First blood of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was shed in the late 1980s. Residents of the region, and most of them are Armenians, decided to secede from Azerbaijan.

The position of Baku was the preservation of territorial integrity, while Yerevan defends the interests of the unrecognized republic. As a result of 3-year military operation, with the use heavy equipment and artillery about 1 million refugees fled the region.

Only in 1994 did the parties conclude an agreement on a cease-fire. A line of contact appeared and the peace was fragile. It was finally interrupted by gunshots this week.      

Belarus offered the sides a platform for the settlement of the conflict in 1992.

And the OSCE Minsk Group is the only format of the negotiation today between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Minsk is trying to once again stop the senseless loss of life.

From the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group:
We reiterate that there is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the conflict at the negotiating table, since the war is not an alternative. We strongly condemn the use of force and regret the senseless loss of life, including civilians' deaths. 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has fully supported the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Its co-chairs from Russia, US and France will discuss the sharp aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 5 in Vienna. 

Meanwhile, news comes about new casualty figures on both sides. Azerbaijani servicemen claim the destruction of 6 Armenian tanks and 15 mortar units. The reports of the wounded and killed now include more than 100 people. At the same time, Azerbaijan says it lost 12 people dead and one of its helicopters was downed. The Armenian Ministry of Defense calls these figures invalid.

OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh to meet April 5