Oskanian Says OSCE Sponsored Negotiations Are Promising

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Reaching a settlement in the Mountainous Karabagh conflict remains a foreign policy priority for Armenia–said Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–following a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Serge Sarkissian on Tuesday.

He stressed the Armenia’s prerequisites going into the settlement process. "We stand by our conviction that the conflict can be settled only if the right to self-determination of the Karabagh people is recognized?as such–we have maintained a corresponding policy have used efforts to prevent demarcation lines in the region."

The foreign minister said his ministry has ensured that Armenia fully participates in the process as well as in regional projects.

Oskanian is currently in London–along with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov to prepare for upcoming talks on Karabagh between the presidents of their countries.

OSCE mediators–Minsk Group co-chairs are expected to join the foreign ministers.

The American–French–and Russian mediators have said they are hopeful that significant progress can be made this year to settle the conflict.

Presidents Robert Kocharian of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan are expected to meet in early February.

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