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Azerbaijani Minister Has Low Expectations For Next Karabakh Meeting


Elmar Mammadyarov

Elmar Mammadyarov

BAKU -- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that he does not expect much progress at the next meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in St. Petersburg on June 4 to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

Mammadyarov told RFE/RL that progress depends on how constructive the Armenian policy will be.

Mammadyarov also said he will deliver a report to the Azerbaijani parliament in case there is progress, as requested by parliamentarians.

In advance of the meeting in St. Petersburg, OSCE Minsk Group cochairs are claiming to have worked out concrete proposals for a resolution. They say the only thing standing in the way of an agreement on a final document is the will of the two countries' presidents.

Matthew Bryza, U.S. cochair of the OSCE Minsk Group, told RFE/RL that he hopes the two presidents "will find a common language" at this "very serious moment" of the talks.

Bryza added that the confidence between the two presidents has increased.
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