Karabagh Agreement Not Quite Visible

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Yuri Merzlyakov–the Russian co-chairman of the international body tasked with finding a resolution to the Karabagh conflict–and told a press conference in Baku that even a draft agreement on a regulation to Karabagh conflict would hardly be ready in time for the August meeting between Armenian and Azeri presidents.

"At present–we are working to formulate concise wording of principles. The process of forming the accord–after we receive agreement from both sides–will take several months," the Minsk Group’s Merzlyakov told the Baku-based Day.az online newspaper–after rounds of talks with Azeri leaders.

The group’s American co-chair–Steven Mann was less optimistic–saying that the agreement could be prepared either in coming months or in the next century–depending on the will of Armenian and Azeri leaders.

The French co-chair–Bernard Fassier added that the peace process would be on the right track if upcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are democratic and transparent.

The three co-chairs stressed that the direct involvement of the Karabagh’s Armenian and Azeri communities would be necessary at least in the final rounds of settlement talks.

The Minsk Group co-chairs are due to arrive in Armenia on Wednesday on their regional tour that includes Mountainous Karabagh Republic.

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