OSCE Minsk Group to Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh Escalated Tensions on April 5

© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe town of Stepanakert in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
The town of Stepanakert in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic - Sputnik International
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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on conflict settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh will meet on Tuesday, April 5 to discuss the renewed violence on the region's border with Azerbaijan, a group co-chair, James Warlick, said on Saturday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Early on Saturday, Armenia and Azerbaijan noted a sharp escalation of the situation in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.

"The @OSCE Co-Chairs will meet in Vienna on Monday and convene the Minsk Group on Tuesday to address violence in Nagorno-#Karabakh," Warlick wrote in his Twitter account.

​Earlier on Saturday, the Minsk Group expressed concern over resumed clashes in the contested region. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced holding consultations with the group on conflict settlement in the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

The Minsk Group is co-chaired by ambassadors from Russia, the United States and France.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

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