Aliyev, Sarkisian, Medvedev to Meet is Sochi

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia are scheduled to meet in Sochi on Jan. 25 to discuss the Karabakh peace process, sources close to the talks indicated Wednesday.

The proposed meeting between presidents Serzh Sarkisian, Ilham Aliyev and Dmitry Medvedev was being planned under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, whose Russian, US and French co-chairs began a tour of the region Wednesday.

In Yerevan, President Serzh Sarkisian met with Co-Chairs Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France), and Robert Bradtke (United States), as well as the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. Present at the meeting was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Eduard Nalbandian.

The sides discussed the latest developments in the Karabakh peace process and the agenda for the upcoming presidential summit.

This follows a meeting between Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian Sunday with Bradke who was in Stepanakert to talk to local leaders.

The security and independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are not subject to negotiations, Sahakian told Bradke.

Sahakian was quoted by his press office as telling Bradke that “the conflict can not be settled in the absence of a direct dialogue between Azerbaijan and Artsakh.” The Karabakh leader also denounced Azerbaijan’s “bellicose rhetoric” and said Karabakh’s “independence and security are not subject to speculations and haggling.”

“Any attempt to ignore these facts will make a comprehensive settlement of the conflict impossible,” Sahakian said.

“As part of my own preparations for those meetings, I thought it was important to come to Karabakh to hear the views of the people of Karabakh and the authorities in Karabakh,” Bradtke told journalists after talks with the Sahakian.

He said the United States is determined to push the negotiating process further forward this year. “I can assure all of you that the United States will be working very hard in this new year to see that the people of Karabakh can have a future of peace and stability and prosperity,” he said.

Bradtke underscored Washington’s support for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, ruling out as unacceptable a military solution to the nearly two-decade long dispute.

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  1. Grish Begian said:

    Sochi is an old Soviet era vacationing place,  there will be another gathering for these “troika”, especially for brainless Aliev…

  2. Kiazer Souze said:

    We in the diaspora can also promise president Obama that weasiling out on April 24 by not calling the Genocide a Genocide in English, will cost an extreme amount of political capital. The Armenian diaspora has had enough. For national security reasons, they should recognize the Armenian Genocide as these prostitute politicians have promised. What we would like to see are more Armenians running for the US Senate and House of Representatives.

    Time to get rid of these ancient prostitutes:
    1) McCain
    2) Lieberman
    3) Byrd
    4) Ried

    It would be nice to have one or two Armenians take their spots. We need Armenian blood running through the viens of United States Congress.

  3. Kiazer Souze said:

    Ilham Aliyev, what a joke. Wasn’t he in the movie BORAT?

    He has that Turkish hook nose and mongolian slanted eyes. And, they have male insecurity that they try to overcome with a mustache. He must have worn the BORAT style swim suit.

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