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OSCE Mediators, Armenian President to Discuss Karabakh in New York

Snark News Agency, Yerevan, in Russian 0640 gmt
Date: May 10, 2001, Thursday

Yerevan, May 10: The cochairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group will on May 12 visit New York and meet Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, who is attending a business forum there devoted to foreign investments in Armenia. This is what a Snark correspondent learnt from a source at the US State Department.

According to him, the international mediators and Robert Kocharyan will hold consultations on the Karabakh settlement prior to the upcoming meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in Geneva scheduled for the middle of June.

On May 5-6 the mediators visited Baku where they met Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev. The talks in Geneva will be held in the same format as the talks in Key West at the beginning of April.

The source declined to disclose any information on the new proposals prepared by the cochairmen. "To be frank, I myself do not know exactly which proposals will be put on the table at the talks. But there is one condition - they must be acceptable to the conflicting sides", he noted. According to the source, when talking about the conflicting sides the international mediators mean not only Armenia and Azerbaijan but also Nagorno-Karabakh. Finally, he noted, while visiting the region of the conflict, the cochairmen did not only go to Yerevan and Baku but also to Stepanakert Xankandi , where they held consultations with the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities. And this the important principle", the source said.

Undoubtedly, he continued, such a difficult conflict as Karabakh requires a difficult solution, which must be adopted not only by the leaders of the sides but also by the peoples and public. The mediators, according to the source, do not give preference either to the principles recognized by the international community or territorial integrity, or the right to self-determination. The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem envisages mutual compromises. These will be difficult compromises and the mediators are ready to do everything in their power to help the sides reach them, the US State Department representative noted.

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