Presidents of Armenia Azerbaijan and Russia Meet to Discuss Karabagh

ASTANA (Combined Sources)–During a tripartite meeting on Wednesday–held on the sidelines of the CIS heads of state summit in Astana–Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan–stressing the necessity for continued dialogue on Mountainous Karabagh. "Whatever you may agree on today–leaders’ personal meetings always come as a stride forward," he pointed out.

Highlighting President Robert Kocharian’s and Ilham Aliyev’s determination for resolution–Putin said reassuringly–"I know this conference will not be fruitless–and will promote conflict settlement."

Itar-Tass news agency quoted a source in the Kremlin as saying that it was Moscow’s initiative to organize the meeting and that both presidents responded positively to the proposal. "In Moscow’s view–the three-way format has justified itself," the source said–adding that Moscow has always believed that the Armenian and Azeri sides should themselves seek for a solution–while Moscow is ready to help them achieve a mutually acceptable peace formula.

No further details are yet available from the Wednesday meeting–also attended by the three co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group tasked with finding a resolution to the Karabagh conflict.

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