US Hopes for Agreement between Kocharian and Aliyev in Romania

27.05.2006 13:04 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The hope would be that the Presidents of Azerbaijan
and Armenia might at that point be able to come to closure on some of
the issues that divide them within the context of settlement of the
Nagorno Karabakh conflict, stated Sean McCormack, an official of the
US Department of State. He was commenting on the result of the visit
of US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried to the South Caucasus.
`Fried was to the South Caucasus working with the OSCE Minsk Group
co-chairs, Russia as well as France, to see if we could find a way
forward on resolving the Nagorno Karabakh issue between Armenia and
Azerbaijan,' Sean McCormack said. `I don't have a readout for you as
to what sort of progress they may have made,' he added.

ĢI know that the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia are scheduled to
get together in Bucharest, Romania, in early June. They made a run at
it while they were in France. They weren't able to come to agreement,'
the US official stressed. "We, working with the Minsk Group co-chairs,
are hopeful that they can come together to resolve whatever
differences there are. These are tough issues, we know. It's going to
require tough political decisions on both sides. But we think that at
the end of the day, taking this tough political decisions will benefit
all the peoples of the region,' McCormack concluded.