Moscow Hails Progress toward Karabagh Settlement

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti)–A recently released report by the Russian foreign ministry highlights positive shifts in Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s conceptual approaches to reaching a settlement in the Karabagh conflict.

Noting the January 10 Prague meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov–the report hails such progress as it allows for dialogue to "take on a routine nature."

Referring to the OCSE Minsk Groups involvement in negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan–the report states that international participation has proven that virtually all aspects of the Karabagh conflict are being considered.

"These include such disputes as the withdrawal of Armenian troops–demilitarization of this territory–international guarantees–and the future status of Karabagh."

It continues to commend both sides for their readiness to abate tensions created by the Karabagh conflict and consequently improve the situation in the South Caucasus region.

"The sides can be praised for their agreement on the implementation of an earlier-made decision to send a fact-finding OSCE Minsk Group mission to the Karabagh zone–as well as on seeking to organize an Azeri-Armenian summit in Warsaw this summer."

The Russian foreign ministry’s report concludes by reaffirming Moscow’s role to assist in an ever deeper mutual understanding between Armenia and Azerbaijan to attain a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

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