Armenian Azeri Talks on Hold

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian has come away from a meeting with international mediators without an agreement on the next round of Armenian-Azerbaijani talks on Mountainous Karabagh–according to officials.

Oskanian and Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov had been scheduled to take place in Prague on March 2–but were delayed due to Oskanian’s bout with pneumonia.

Oskanian said on March 4 that a new date for the potentially crucial meeting will be set "in the coming days." He was in Vienna on Tuesday–discussing the peace process with the French–Russian and US co-chairs of the OSCE’s Minsk Group.

"The new dates for the Prague negotiations are still not known," said Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman–Hamlet Gasparian.

Gasparian referred all inquiries regarding reasons for the longer-than-expected delay to the Minsk Group. "They are the ones who organize the negotiations," he said.

The canceled meeting was supposed to continue a series of Armenian-Azeri talks held in the Czech capital since last summer. Mammadyarov and Oskanian announced in January the second stage of the "Prague process," raising fresh hopes for breaking the deadlock in the Karabagh peace process.

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