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MUNICH /Germany/, February 17. /TASS/. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group said Friday in a joint statement they planned to visit the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in March.
"The Co-Chairs plan to travel to the region in March," the statement reads.
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France and Richard Hoagland of the United States of America) met Thursday with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov separately and then jointly. The Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, also participated in the meetings.
The sides discussed the current situation along the Line of Contact and the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, called on the sides to show restraint and stressed that there was no alternative to a peaceful solution.
The OSCE Minsk Group acts as a mediator. It is a mechanism designed to promote a peace solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Group comprises Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan. The group is co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States.