Azeri, Armanian FMs in peace talks

Azerbaijan wants Armenian volunteers to be withdrawn from Karabakh, international peacekeepers deployed.

Azeri, Armanian FMs in peace talks

The foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Moscow on Friday to seek a peace deal on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Talks between Armenia's Edward Nalbandian and Azerbaijan's Elmar Mamedyarov facilitated by Russia were held behind close doors. They mark a new attempt to end the deadlock over the conflict in the sensitive Caucasus region.

Nagorno-Karabakh that is occupied by Armenia, is a part of Azerbaijan.


A ceasefire was agreed in 1994, but Nagorno-Karabakh and a vast surrounding area are under occupation.

Azerbaijan views the return of Karabakh as a priority.

Azerbaijan wants Armenian volunteers to be withdrawn from Karabakh, international peacekeepers deployed and over a million refugees allowed to return before substantial talks start on the future status of Karabakh.

All previous attempts to narrow the positions of the sides have collapsed.

Reuters

Last Mod: 01 Ağustos 2008, 20:12
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