Kocharian Aliyev Discuss Karabakh Conflict in New York

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian president Robert Kocharian and his Azeri counterpart Haydar Aliyev met in New York Thursday–within the framework of the UN Millennium Summit–to discuss the peace process in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Following their meeting–both presidents reiterated their willingness to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully–through mutual compromises. They said communication between the two side has been very important and useful.

Kocharian said it was still early to speak of concrete results. He then added that the meetings were of extreme importance and require patience–as it is difficult to reach a compromise and similar conflicts are not easy to resolve. He stressed that both presidents have the willingness to solve this conflict and that efforts to find a peaceful solution to the problem must be continued.

President Kocharian also met with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat at the request of the latter. The two discussed the latest developmen’s in the Arab-Israeli conflict connected with the issue of Jerusalem’s status.

A delegation from Armenia led by President Robert Kocharian participated in the 55th session of the UN General Assembly – the Millennium Summit on September 6-7.

On September 6–Robert Kocharian made a speech at the summit meeting [see text on page 2]. In his speech–Kocharian emphasized the need for measures to anticipate and settle conflicts and that the role of the United Nations should be decisive in this matter.

The next day–Kocharian participated in one of four interactive roundtables held within the framework of the Millennium Summit. The panel discussion was attended by leaders from about 40 countries. Presidents and prime ministers dealt with issues from globalization to security and struggle against poverty.

Participants at the summit also considered ways of raising the efficiency of assistance rendered by industrialized nations to developing countries–as well as the need for the strengthening of information technologies.

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