Karabagh on Rice’s Moscow Agenda

MOSCOW (Armenpress/Itar-Tass)–US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice told Russian newspaper Itar-Tass on Wednesday that she will discuss possible resolutions to the Mountainous Karabagh conflict while in Moscow May 14-16.

"Along with Russia–we are trying to settle a range of conflict situations. I think we are disappointed to some degree that we have not succeeded in the case of Karabagh," Rice said.

She said that the issue has become "too protracted," and has had a negative political and economic impact on both Armenia and Azerbaijan. She stressed that the two governmen’s must resume seeking a settlement with a "serious attitude."

Rice is expected to focus on the situation in Iraq during her talks with Russian officials. "Whatever differences the two countries might have had in the past–now the accomplishment of success in Iraq is of key importance; stable–democratic–and prosperous Iraq meets bilateral interests," Rice told journalists.

Rice was last in Moscow in April 2003 to discuss bilateral relations in connection with the US military campaign in Iraq.

The upcoming talks will also focus on the common fight against international terrorism–as well as bilateral cooperation in the energy sector.

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