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Interfax, Russia
May 22 2009

Armenian president ready to meet with Aliyev in St. Petersburg on May
22, 2009


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has confirmed his readiness to meet
with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in St. Petersburg in June.

"Our next meeting will take place in early June, most likely in St.

Petersburg. We are ready to continue the negotiations on the
settlement of the Karabakh conflict," Sargsyan told a press conference
held in Yerevan on Friday.

Sargsyan denied the information that Armenia has toughened its
position in the talks with Azerbaijan.

"I do not think we have toughened out position in the talks with
Baku. The key issue in this settlement is the status of
Nagorno-Karabakh, and if we raise this issue clearly in the talks,
expecting answers, that does not mean that we have toughened out
position. I hope the Azeri media will not say that we have toughened
out position after the meeting with Ilham Aliyev," Sargsyan said.

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