Kocharian And Aliyev to Discuss Karabagh Conflict in Bucharest

YEREVAN (RFE/RL/Armenpress)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian will fly to Romania’s capital Bucharest on Sunday to attend a summit of Black Sea nations and hold talks on Karabagh with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

Romania–which initiated the summit–views regional dialogue as a key factor for ensuing regional stability and creating favorable conditions for economic development in the region–said a statement released by Kocharian’s press office.

Kocharian’s office confirmed on Friday that the meeting with Aliyev–the second in four months–will take place on the sidelines of the high-level forum on Monday.

The Armenian and Azeri Presidents will start their talks in the presence of their Foreign Ministers–the Minsk Group co-chairs–and the OSCE’s current chairman in office–Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht.

"The two heads of state will then continue their conversation in a tte–tte format," the statement said.

The press service said that Kocharian is expected to deliver a speech at the summit. He is also scheduled to have a meeting with Romania’s president Trayan Basescu and other bilateral meetings.

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