The parties continued their consultations on additional measures to reduce the tension in the region and ensure a peaceful and favorable atmosphere for the negotiations.
Co-presidents, including the use of the existing direct communication channels of the parties this summer gave positive results and tensions decreased, said the regret of the recent death of an Azerbaijani soldier said.
Relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan were strained due to the conflict that began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its separation from the USSR. In September 1991, the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region declared the establishment of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the city center of Stepanakert.
Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh while military clashes continued. Since 1992, negotiations have been under way under the OSCE Minsk Group for a peaceful solution. While Azerbaijan insists on the protection of territorial integrity, Armenia defends the interests of the unrecognized republic. Nagorno-Karabakh Republic cannot participate in negotiations.
Nagorno-Karabakh, which is legally a part of Azerbaijan, is under the control of Armenian separatists under the support of Armenia.