BAKU: Azeri, Armenian Foreign Ministers Meet in Prague


Azad Azarbaycan TV, Baku
16 Apr 04

The meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers
started at the Hotel Savoy in the Czech capital Prague at 1500 Baku
time (1000 gmt) today. This is the first meeting of Azerbaijani
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov with his Armenian counterpart.
Along with the ministers, the meeting in the Czech capital is attended
by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen. According to a report from
Prague, the co-chairmen first took part in the talks. But a short
while ago, they left the room where the talks are being held. A
tete-a-tete meeting between Elmar Mammadyarov and (Armenian Foreign
Minister) Vardan Oskanyan is taking place at the moment.

The ministers and co-chairmen refused to speak to journalists as the
talks are being held in an atmosphere of full confidentiality. Although
Vardan Oskanyan first gave his consent to speak to Armenian journalists,
he refused to do so after the break. He said that the sides had
decided not to make any statements to the press. The talks are
expected to end after 2100 Baku time (1600 gmt).