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Ex-Azeri State Advisor Says Azeri, Armenian Heads Agreed on Major Principles

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom, Apr 9, 2001

Source: Turan News Agency, Baku, in Russian, April 9, 2001

Baku, 9 April: "Had the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents not reached a degree of agreement during the Paris meeting in March this year, the Key West meeting would have not taken place," Vafa Guluzade, president of the Caspian Research Foundation and former state advisor on foreign policy, has told Turan.

To underline this, he quoted US Cochairman of the [OSCE] Minsk Group Carey Cavanaugh, who had said on 7 April in Florida that the negotiations were "a significant step forward which would have been impossible without the serious determination of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents".

Judging by all this, today's meeting between [Azerbaijani President Heydar] Aliyev and [Armenian President Robert] Kocharyan and George Bush in Washington will dot the i's, after which the cochairmen will draw up the final draft document which will be put on the negotiating table in Geneva, Guluzade believes.

The expert is confident that during the Paris meeting, Aliyev and Kocharyan agreed on major principles for the settlement of Karabakh problem and on keeping them secret until the cochairmen prepare the final document.

Asked by Turan about what he though about possible concessions, the political scientist said that the agreements "will not any cause excitement in Armenia or in Azerbaijan".

"As far as I know, Washington has asked Moscow to ensure stabilty [in Armenia] and provide security for Robert Kocharyan so that he can implement the reached agreements. Should Russia fulfil its duties as a cochair, peace will be restored in near future," Guluzade stressed.
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