Kocharian Aliyev to Meet in Switzerland

BAKU (Reuters–Itar-Tass)–Azerbaijan’s President Haydar Aliyev will fly to Switzerland on Thursday to meet Armenian President Robert Kocharian for talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict–the presidential press service said on Wednesday.

"President Aliyev will go to Geneva on July 15 to meet President Kocharian to discuss the peaceful resolution of the Armenian-Azeri conflict," it said in a statement.

Negotiations with Armenia over Karabakh have been at a stalemate for the past nine months.

Aliyev last met with Kocharian during the NATO summit in Washington in April and the two leaders agreed to maintain regular contacts with each other.

But Aliyev canceled a June trip to Luxembourg to meet Kocharian after doctors had advised the 76-year-old Azeri leader to have a lighter work load following his heart bypass operation in April.

Aliyev has often drawn parallels between the crisis in the Balkans and the Karabakh war. Azeri officials have more than once indicated they wanted a stronger role for NATO and the United Nations in efforts to solve the Karabakh conflict. Armenia–Azerbaijan Achieve Progress on Karabakh

Meanwhile in Warsaw–Kocharian considered a new possibility of settling the Nagorno Karabakh conflict as optimistic.

Speaking at a press conference after his talks with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski Wednesday–Kocharian said that Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding active talks on the issue and noted "serious progress" in the Nagorno Karabakh settlement.

Kwasniewski said that Poland is ready to play a intermediary role in the conflict if both sides consider his country’s mission as useful.

The Polish leader is expected to meet Azeri President Haydar Aliyev in Warsaw to discuss the Karabakh problem.

The two presidents signed a declaration on the development of friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries. Kwasniewski said his country will support Armenia’s actions at the European and international arena.

The Polish president noted that he plans to pay an official visit to Yerevan in the near future.

Kocharian and Kwasniewski participated in a Polish-Armenian business forum–which aimed to overcome the crisis in economic cooperation between both countries.


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