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    United Press International

    Emerging Threats

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The lingering conflict over the
    Nagorno-Karabakh region can be resolved if Azerbaijan and Armenia
    refrain for undermining dialogue, Armenian officials said.

    War broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
    in the early 1990s, and the regional fallout from that row remains
    tense despite a 1994 cease-fire.

    Yerevan claims ethnic Armenians are deprived of their basic rights
    in the territory, while Baku argues those solutions lie in annexing

    Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers exchanged heated words as the
    conflict gained attention during the U.N. General Assembly Meeting
    in New York.

    Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said Armenia needed to
    pull its forces from the region and return internally displaced
    persons. Edward Nalbandian, his Armenian counterpart, struck a
    conciliatory tone, saying, "The parties should commit to refrain from
    steps that could hamper dialogue and the peace process."

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her meetings on
    Nagorno-Karabakh expressed her "strong support" for a resolution,
    saying the dispute negotiating process should move forward without
    preconditions, said Philip Gordon, the assistant secretary of state
    for European and Eurasian affairs.

    Turkey in a confidence-building measure said it would open its border
    with Armenia in time for a World Cup qualifying match in October.