Armenia puts off Karabakh talks in Prague

Turan news agency
29 Sep 04


At the request of Armenia, the next meeting between the Armenian and
Azerbaijani foreign ministers in Prague has been postponed for an
indefinite period, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov
told journalists today.

He recalled that the foreign ministers of the two countries had held
four meetings in 2004. "Those meetings were useful. Their results
have been discussed at a high level," Azimov said.

The issues discussed are directly connected with the settlement of
the Karabakh conflict, he said. "Some proposals, views and positions"
are discussed in the course of the meetings, Azimov said.

In particular, one of the aspects of the discussion is about providing
the Karabakh Armenians with a ground link with Armenia. Azerbaijan,
in turn, is interested in communications with Naxcivan [Azerbaijan's
exclave], Azimov said.

The deputy minister also noted that Azerbaijan has guaranteed the
security of Armenians in Azerbaijan from the start. This is possible
at the level of bilateral cooperation or with the mediation of
international observers, Azimov said. Normalization of political
relations will lead to normalization of relations between the two
peoples. This is one of the requirements of integration into Europe,
he said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress