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US Calls for Democratic Vote in Azerbaijan, Reaffirms Strong Ties

BAKU (Combined Sources) — This month’s presidential election in Azerbaijan should be "free, fair and transparent," US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Thursday on a visit to the ex-Soviet republic. "October 15 represents an important opportunity for Azerbaijan to demonstrate its commitment to democratic reform by holding an election that is assessed by

Rice Praises ‘Healing Reforms’ in Armenia

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised President Serzh Sarkisian for his efforts to end Armenia’s post-election political crisis and improve its relations with Turkey as they met in New York late Wednesday. In her opening remarks at the meeting released by the U.S. State Department, Rice spoke of “healing reforms” which she believes

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