Azerbaijan, Armenia to resume talks on Nagorno-Karabakh

May 5 2004

Azerbaijan, Armenia to resume talks on Nagorno-Karabakh

Baku. May 3 (Interfax-Azerbaijan) – The foreign ministers of
Azerbaijan and Armenia are due to meet on May 12 to consider
proposals on settling the conflict between the two countries over the
Azerbaijani Armenian-speaking enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“There are definite ideas on which we will exchange opinions. The
co-chairmen of the Minsk Group of the OSCE [Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe] will also state their opinion on this
issue,” Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters
in Baku on Monday.

The Minsk Group is a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mammadyarov said the Group co-chairmen would be present at his
meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian, to be held in
Strasbourg, France.

The meeting would be held “in the context of the negotiations that
the two presidents have held,” Mammadyarov said in reference to a
meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, Ilham Aliyev
and Robert Kocharian, during an economic summit in Warsaw on April

Mammadyarov denied allegations that Nagorno-Karabakh talks between
special representatives of the presidents of the two countries have
been suspended.

“I can say that the special representatives will also be in
Strasbourg,” he said.

Mammadyarov and Oskanian will meet during a session of the Council of
Europe Committee of Ministers.