Turkey Urges Kocharian to Seek Karabakh Solution

ANKARA (Reuters)–Turkey Wednesday called on newly elected Armenian President Robert Kocharian to drop his hard line and work towards a solution on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

"We hope he will feel presidential responsibility after this election result and take positive steps," Foreign Ministry spokesman Necati Utkan told a news briefing.

"There is the important problem of Nagorno-Karabakh to be solved," he said.

France believes that a new Armenian president will continue efforts aimed at settling the Nagorno-Karabakh problem–Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne Gazeau-Secret said.

The resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will ensure stability and prosperity in the Caucasus–the spokeswoman’said. That is why Paris hopes that "the new Armenian leaders will do their best to move forward the peace process initiated by Russia–France and the US as co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh."

Gazeau-Secret expressed satisfaction that the "political crisis of young democracy" in Armenia was settled by presidential elections.

Russian acting minister for the cooperation with the CIS Anatoly Adamishin called for a greater tolerance of Russia in its relations with the other CIS states in a live program of the Echo of Moscow radio station on Tuesday.

As for the results of the Armenian presidential elections–Adamishin said "Russia will deal with the president elected by the Armenian people. We found a common language with Prime Minister Kocharian–I think we will find it with President Kocharian."

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