EU Envoy Discusses Karabakh Settlement With Region’s President

by: Tigran Liloyan

ITAR-TASS News Agency
April 8, 2006 Saturday 06:03 PM EST

A possible intensification of the EU role in a search for peace
settlement in Azerbaijan’s mostly Armenian-populated enclave of
Karabakh came into spotlight of talks between the EU’s envoy to South
Caucasus, Peter Semneby, and the President of the self-proclaimed
Karabakh Republic, Arkady Gukassian.

Spokespeople for Karabakh’s permanent mission in Armenia told Itar-Tass
Gukassian stressed the importance of maintaining ceasefire between
Karabakh and Azerbaijan.

He also spoke in favor of the breakaway region’s direct participation
in the talks on settling the conflict, the origins of which date back
to late 1980’s.

Foreign Ministry of the Karabakh Republic said in a statement
circulated Saturday encroachments on ceasefire on the line of
disengagement of Azerbaijani and Karabakh armed units became more
frequent recently.

“The incidents leading to a greater number of victims on the
disengagement line can only breed mutual mistrust and trigger an
escalation of violence in the zone of Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict,”
the statement said.

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