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Armenia/Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh Talks To Resume

  • Roland Eggleston

Munich, 16 September 1997 (RFE/RL/) -- The international negotiators attempting to resolve the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh return to Armenia and Azerbaijan this weekend for talks on possible compromises.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has presided over a ceasefire in the mostly ethnic-Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan since 1994, but there has been no permanent peace so far.

Our correspondent says the U.S., Russian and French diplomats making up the negotiating team are expected in Armenia on Friday and will go to Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday. Afterwards, they will continue on to Baku.

The U.S. delegate, Lynn Pascoe, leaves Washington for Paris tomorrow for preliminary talks with the French delegate, Georges Vaugier. They will be joined by the Russian Valentin Lozinsky before leaving for Armenia.

A spokesman said no important initiatives should be expected from this visit. It was described as an "opportunity to review previous proposals and to look again at possibilities for compromise." It is the first visit by the international team since the recent presidential elections in Nagorno-Karabakh and the visit to the U.S. by Azerbaijan's President Heydar Aliyev.