DECISION TO MEET AZERBAIJANI AND ARMENIAN PRESIDENTS NOT FINALISED - RUSSIAN CO-CHAIR OF OSCE MG
Author: E.Huseynov

TREND Information, Azerbaijan
Nov 2 2006

No decision has been made as yet for the next meeting of the
Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, the Russian Co-chair of the OSCE
Minsk Group, Yuri Merzlyakov, stated at his interview with Trend,
commenting on the statement of a possible meeting of the presidents
within the November 28 Summit of Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS).

According to him, organizing the meeting of the President of
Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and President of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan,
was discussed on 24 October in Paris during the consultations of
Minsk Group Co-chairs with the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign
Ministers. But as yet no decision has been made. On 14 November, the
next round of consolations between the mediators and ministers will
take place in Brussels and a decision may then be made, Merzlyakov
added. In addition, the date of the next visit of co-chairs to the
region will be agreed on 14 November.

Answering the question: "were the ways of regulating the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict discussed at the recent meeting of the
Armenian and Russian Presidents in Moscow and will this issue be
discussed during the expecting visit of the Azerbaijani President
Ilham Aliyev to Moscow?", Merzlyakov replied that "The Karabakh topic
is one of the blocks of the negotiations and is always of interest".

Touching up on the upcoming talks between the Presidents of Azerbaijan
Ilham Aliyev and Russia Vladimir Putin in Moscow, he stressed that is
a bilateral visit, but is not linked only with Nagorno-Karabakh talks.