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US Calls 'Disappointing' Failure Of Karabakh Talks

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    June 28, 2011

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday called "disappointing"
    the failure of a peace summit aimed at reducing tensions around the
    separatist territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

    "I would says it's disappointing," said US State Department spokeswoman
    Victoria Nuland, when asked about the summit organized last week
    in Russia.

    The failure of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani
    President Ilham Aliyev to reach an agreement on "basic principles"
    last Friday was a major disappointment after hopes had been raised
    in the talks, which were presided over by President Dmitry Medvedev
    in the Russian city of Kazan.

    President Barack Obama had called the two leaders and asked them to
    sign the basic principles agreement.

    Nagorny Karabakh, whose population is mostly Armenian but which was
    part of Azerbaijan during the Soviet era, proclaimed its independence
    after a war which resulted in the deaths of some 30,000 people and
    created hundreds of thousands of refugees between 1988 and 1994.

    But it is not recognized by the international community.

    The interim basic principles agreement would see an Armenian
    withdrawal from areas around Karabakh that were also seized during
    the post-Soviet war.

    It also envisages international security guarantees and a vote on
    the final status of the territory at some point in the future.

    Even if the basic principles are finally agreed, huge obstacles remain
    to a final peace deal.

    While Armenia insists that Karabakh will never return to Baku's
    control, Azerbaijan insists that the region must remain part of its
    sovereign territory.