Kocharian Meets with Aliyev; Discussions On Karabakh Unproductive

MOSCOW (ArmenPress)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian met with Azeri President Haydar Aliyev Thursday evening at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov joined the two presidents 50 minutes into the meeting–after which the meeting lasted for another hour. During a late-night press conference after the meeting–Kocharian said that the meeting included discussions about the current status of Nagorno-Karabakh and ways to get out of the current stale-mate.

Kocharian said that no concrete discussions arose–however the meeting was productive. A sense of confidence began to be instilled in the two sides–"at least in regards to economic ties," said the president.

Kocharian said that–during discussions about the status of Karabakh–the two sides had fundamental disagreemen’s. Aliyev reiterated his stance that the Minsk group proposals are unacceptable because–they de-facto recognize Karabakh as an independent state.

Kocharian said that Karabakh has made concessions already. First the fact that Karabakh is willing to be an independent state rejects the possibilities of joining with Armenia.

Meanwhile–Azerbaijan’s stance has remained unchanged since 1988–said Kocharian.

"I have clearly expressed our stance on the issue–and I believe that there won’t be any more concessions," said the Armenian president.


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