Oskanian Calls for New Peace Talks

VIENNA (AP)–Armenia’s foreign minister called Wednesday for new talks with Azerbaijan on the disputed Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh–suggesting "unconventional ways” be found to determine the region’s status.

"The beginning of negotiations depends primarily on the good will of the participating parties,” Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian told reporters after talks with Austria’s deputy foreign minister–Albert Rohan.

"We must find a balance between the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the rights of the Armenia’s for self-determination,” he said.

In July–Armenia’said it wanted a peace settlement in the region–adding that both sides must understand "the realities that have emerged as the result of the war imposed on us by Azerbaijan.”

"In the efforts to settle the conflict one must proceed not only from the conventional slogans–such as–for example–’autonomy’ or ‘independence’ but also bear in mind unconventional approaches to finding a common language," the minister said.

In this context the Armenian minister praised the role played by the visit of a broad-based Armenian delegation to Baku in September.

The delegation took part in a regional conference and the dialogue held in Baku "helped to break the ice in bilateral relations," the minister said.

He stressed that the visit to Baku was "a step in the right direction."


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