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Armenian President Optimistic After Key West Talks

Source: RFE/RL Newsline, April 12, 2001

Returning to Yerevan late on 11 April, Armenian President Robert Kocharian said that last week's talks in Key West with his Azerbaijani counterpart Heidar Aliev and the three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen were "hard but constructive," Reuters and RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported. He added that by meeting separately with the two presidents, the co-chairs chose "the right work style at the right moment." Kocharian said he believes that the new peace proposal that the co-chairmen are now working on will be based on the "package" principle, meaning that it will simultaneously resolve all contentious issues. He also predicted that it will respect the three key points on which Yerevan insists: that the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic should not be vertically subordinated to Baku, together with concrete security guarantees for the disputed enclave and an overland link between the NKR and Armenia. Kocharian dodged questions on when NKR representatives might join the peace talks and whether the possibility of a territorial exchange between Armenia and Azerbaijan was discussed in Key West, according to Noyan Tapan.

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