Azerbaijan, Armenia Work On New Peace Plan

Azerbaijan, Armenia Work On New Peace Plan

Radio Free Europe, Czech Republic
June 11 2004

Baku/Prague, 11 June 2004 (RFE/RL) — Azerbaijani Foreign Minister
Elmar Mammadyarov says Azerbaijani and Armenian negotiators are
taking a new approach to settling their dispute over the territory
of Nagorno-Karabakh.

In an interview today with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani service, Mammadyarov
said Baku and Yerevan are working on a plan that will include elements
from each side’s previous proposals.

“Azerbaijan stands for a step-by-step approach, and the Armenian side
stands for a package approach. What we are right now working on is
to try to pick up from each approach ideas that would be acceptable
to both sides and put them into one basket,” Mammadyarov said.

Mammadyarov was referring to Baku’s insistence that ethnic Armenian
troops withdraw from all Azerbaijani lands they have been occupying
since the 1994 cease-fire agreement before negotiating the status of
Karabakh. Yerevan wants both issues to be resolved simultaneously.

Mammadyarov did not elaborate on the negotiations, saying
confidentiality is needed to ensure the good continuation of peace

The Azerbaijani envoy is due to meet his Armenian counterpart Vardan
Oskanian later this month in the Czech capital Prague.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS