Azeri presidential envoy denies progress in Karabakh talks

Bilik Dunyasi news agency, Baku
30 Sep 04

29 September: The Karabakh talks are being held at a high level,
that is between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents and foreign
ministers. Therefore, holding another meeting at the level of special
representatives of the presidents on this problem is needless, the
Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister and the Azerbaijani president's
special representative on the Karabakh problem, Araz Azimov, has said.

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Azimov explained the optimistic statement by Armenian Foreign Minister
Vardan Oskanyan on the completion of the first round of the Karabakh
talks by his wish to bring these opinions into line with his internal
and political aims.

"There is still no progress in the presidents' talks. We understand
such diplomatic acts, but they can in no way impact on Azerbaijan's
position and the course of discussions. The talks might be conducted
only in the direction supported by the international public and
mediators. This direction envisages pulling out from seven occupied
districts and creating the necessary conditions for Azerbaijani
population to return there. The search for a solution to political
problems might be continued only on the basis of this," Azimov said.