Mediators Willing To Take Another Step Before Election Campaign Laun

MEDIATORS WILLING TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP BEFORE ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN ARMENIA

ArmRadio.am
10.01.2007 16:49

In 2006 there was a rise in the Karabakh conflict settlement process,
then there was a decline and again a rise, US Co-Chair of the OSCE
Minsk Group Matthew Bryza said in an interview with "Azertag" agency,
Mediamax reports.

"It was a year of rise, then fall, and again a rise. It was just
like a two-humped camel. But we closed the year on the humps and not
between. In February a meeting was held in Ramboulliet. Then there
was a meeting in Bucharest.

Nevertheless, none of these came up to the expectations. That is why
in June my colleagues and I expressed our regret, coming forward with
a statement, in which we called on Presidents of the two countries to
demonstrate strong leader’s qualities and improve the main principles
suggested to them. I’m very glad that the Presidents did this. That
is why overcoming the decline, we closed the year with the productive
Kocharyan-Aliyev meeting in Minsk. The Foreign Ministers of the two
countries demonstrate stiff positions in the talks.

They defend the national interests of their countries. At the same
time, Mammadyarov and Oskanian respect each other. I hope that parallel
to the progress of the process, the respectful relations between them
will find reflection in the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan,"
said Matthew Bryza.

The American diplomat informed that lat January or February the
mediators will visit the region.

"We would like to make another step to reinforce the success achieved
at the end of last year before the activation of the election campaign
in Armenia," Matthew Bryza noted.

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