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Beginning of the process of negotiations


Negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began at early 90-es of the last century since early years of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict. At that time, although there was no sustainable peace process, sides discussed several times at episodic negotiations under the initiatives of the various international mediators, in particular with the countries of the region, the variants of the cessation of military operations. 

The war accompanied with occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia, the mass deportation of the Azerbaijani population of Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 surrounding regions, massacres of Khojaly and other settlements continued until May 1994. After the cease-fire agreement the negotiation process on the settlement of the conflict began. From the middle of 90-ies of the last century, during the process of negotiations started within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group between the parties to the conflict numerous meetings at variety of formats, both at level of presidents and foreign ministers, were held. Throughout the process negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents held face to face in various foreign countries, as well as with the participation of the co-chairs. During the negotiations co-chairs of the Minsk Group paid numerous visits to the region of conflict. A package of proposals was presented to the sides of conflict on official level by the international mediators on settlement of the conflict. The vast majority of these proposals have been rejected by Armenia. Several times sides were close to reach understanding at the process of negotiations. However, sometimes overthrowing of the president in Armenia agreed on peace or shooting of Armenian government figures at parliament of this country and other events did not allow reaching the peace agreement.  We present the negotiations process lasting over 20 years in sequence-wise order.

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