Azeri Presidnet to Discuss Karabakh Issue in Washington

YEREVAN (Armenpress–Azeri president Heydar Aliyev is planning to visit Washington soon–according to a report by Bylik Dunyasi news agency. Aliyev announced his plan during a meeting with US ambassador in Baku Stanley Eskudero. The US diplomat expressed hope that president Aliyev will soon meet with US president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

President Aliyev said that the topic of his negotiations would be the Karabakh conflict solution and peaceful resolution of Armenian-Azeri opposition.

He singled out issues concerning construction of Baku-Ceyhan oil pipe-line. He also spoke about Section 907 which marks its 8th anniversary this year.

Citing Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliev Baku’s Billik Dunyaci daily writes: "We proceed from the assumption that there must be mutual concessions. But concessions have their inviolable limits. Hence Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to specify them. Meanwhile–alongside with the OSCE Minsk Group work activation–this might be the most efficient way of settling the problem.

The Armenian and Azeri presidents’ recent direct meetings were estimated as positive throughout the world. I–personally–also am encouraged by them and opine that we have to continue that process. Of course–it is obvious that both Armenia and Azerbaijan will face very heavy consequences if they return to military measures to settle their problems. This will not be appreciated by the international community either."

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