OSCE Begins New Shuttle Diplomacy for Karabakh

BAKU (Reuters)–Mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Tuesday began a new round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at ending a long conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The OSCE mediators–from the so-called "Minsk Group" of countries chaired by the United States–France and Russia–arrived in Baku and immediately went into talks with Azeri President Haydar Aliyev.

They will also visit the Armenian capital Yerevan and Stepanakert–capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

Aliyev’s foreign policy adviser–Vafa Guluzade–said the mediators were expected to present "slightly modified" proposals to end the decade-long confrontation that has killed more than 35,000 people.

He was skeptical that the round of diplomacy–the first of its kind since May–could produce a quick breakthrough.

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