Russia Willing to Settle Karabakh Conflict

BAKU (Itar-Tass)–Russian President Boris Yeltsin said in a message to Azeri President Haydar Aliyev that Moscow was ready to contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Yeltsin’s message said Moscow is ready to arrange a meeting between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

It emphasized the importance of lasting peace and stability in southern Caucasus which meets Russia’s national interests and is one of its priorities.

Yeltsin stressed that he backed the resumption of direct talks within the framework of the Minsk group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–co-chaired by Russia.

At the same time–the Russian leader pointed out that he attached great importance to dialogue between the Armenian and Azeri leadership–and called for having such dialogue on a permanent basis.

Yeltsin opined that attempts to alter the existing geostrategic situation in southern Caucasus could damage mutual interests.


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