Kocharian Aliyev to Meet Later This Month

YEREVAN (Reuters) – The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia will meet in Moscow at the end of the month–an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe official said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan’s Haydar Aliyev and Robert Kocharian of Armenia would re-consider new OSCE proposals for a settlement of the conflict–Philippe de Suremain–co-chairman of the OSCE’s Minsk group–told a news conference in the Armenian capital.

Vyacheslav Trubnikov of Russia–co-chairman of the Minsk group–said the new element in the proposals lay in the detail–adding there was nothing "dramatically and radically new."

He declined to elaborate.

Trubnikov said both presidents recognized the need for a peaceful settlement to be worked out.

"We are sure that neither the Armenian nor the Azerbaijan side is getting prepared for any military solution to the problem," he said.

Peace efforts over Nagorno-Karabakh gathered pace after Aliyev and Kocharian held four days of talks in the United States in April.

But in July mediators said the two sides had backtracked from tentative agreement and had resumed bellicose rhetoric likely to increase the risk of conflict.


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