Karabakh negotiations continue says Azerbaijani president

Mediamax news agency
5 May 04

YEREVAN

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev said in Baku today that "the
negotiating process on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement continues
though it does not bear active character.'

Ilham Aliev recalled that Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents have
already held two meetings, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries
have also held consultations and will soon meet again, Trend [news
agency] reports. Azerbaijani President called these meetings
"positive" reminding us that the two countries have practically held
no talks during the last one and a half years.

"Each of the sides adheres to its own positions which are known to the
community," Ilham Aliev said. "Each side is trying to defend its
position, substantiate it, put into practice in the future," he noted.

Commenting on the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, Ilham
Aliev said that "they are sincerely engaged in solving this problem,"
and expressed hope that the mediators' efforts will turn out to be
effective.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress