OSCE officials on the staff of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the Karabakh conflict have visited the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone seventeen times in 2013. Ambassador Andrej Kasprzyk, the current special representative told Trend News Agency that the visits were conducted with the agreement of the sides in the conflict and that during the visits local military and civilian officials raised a number of concerns about the current security situation.
Kasprzyk said that the Presidents of the two countries have agreed to intensify their contacts and their efforts in 2014 to resolve the conflict and this gave basis for optimism.
source: commonspace.eu with Trend news Agency (Baku)
Photo: Aerial view of an area close to the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone (archive picture).
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