BAKU: Azeri, Armenian Ministers Mull Garabagh In Strasbourg

AZERI, ARMENIAN MINISTERS MULL GARABAGH IN STRASBOURG

Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
May 19 2006

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met his Armenian
counterpart Vardan Oskanian in Strasbourg on Thursday to discuss the
Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict on the sidelines of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe session.

The two met first with the mediating OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen,
followed by the mediators’ separate meetings with each of the
ministers.

The discussions came ahead of the co-chairs’ next visit to the region,
scheduled for late May. Unlike before, deputy foreign ministers of
the three countries co-chairing the Minsk Group – Russia, France and
the United States – are also expected to arrive in Azerbaijan and
Armenia for talks. It is not known at this point which deputies are
expected on the visit.

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