OSCE Expects Headway By Year End

BAKU (Azg/RFE/RL)–The Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe expects to make headway in efforts to resolve of the Karabakh-Azeri conflict by the end of year– French co-chairman George Vogiet declared in Baku–after visits to Yerevan and Stepanakert.

He told Azeri leaders that all three co-chairmen are ready to continue the negotiations for as long as it is required to reach definite results..

President Gaidar Aliyev said Azerbaijan accepts the plan proposed by the co-chairmen on July 18 as a basis for resolving the Karabakh conflict–Turan and Interfax reported. He argued that the two-month delay since then does not "promote our common purpose." He also expressed hope that "important steps" toward resolving the Karabakh conflict will be taken before the end of this year. Turan quoted Russian co-chairman Yurii Yukalov and Azeri Foreign Minister Hassan Hassanov as saying Armenia has accepted a "phased resolution" of the conflict whereby a decision on the future status of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will be postponed.

The republic’s leadership has rejected the peace plan and wants all aspects resolved simultaneously.

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