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PRAGUE (CTK/RFE-RL)–Various approaches to a peaceful resolution to the Armenian-Azeri conflict over Mountainous Karabagh were discussed by the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan–Vartan Oskanian and Elmar Mammadyarov–in Prague on Monday.

The French–Russian–and US co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group also attended the day-long meeting. It was the first face-to-face encounter between Oskanian and Mammadyarov since the envoys’ visit to the conflict zone last month.

"We are continuing what we began at our first meeting," Oskanian said during a break in the talks. "Our main objective is to create a common basis on which we could build during further negotiations. We are working toward that objective and I can’t say we have achieved it," he added.

Asked whether the two sides have made any progress in the last few months–he said: "It’s a bit early to speak of common approaches. But the dialogue is useful."

Oskanian revealed that the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will likely meet next in Astana–Kazakhstan–during a meeting of CIS heads of state.

Only pieces of information about the results of the Prague meeting were proved to the press–though according to available reports–the talks did not have a precise agenda.

While touring Armenia–Azerbaijan–and Mountainous Karabagh in late July–the OSCE mediators openly criticized the conflicting parties for their perceived intransigence–bluntly stating that the burden is on the sides–not the Minsk Group–to push the protracted peace process forward.

The Prague meeting was the fourth between Oskanian and Mammadyarov; the previous talks were held in June–also in Prague.


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