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Karabakh Concerned About ‘Distorted’ Settlement Process

YEREVAN -- The Foreign Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh wants to reset what it calls a "distorted negotiation process" aimed at resolving the status of the disputed region, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

The ministry said in a statement on June 15 that "any attempts to return the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to the past are not only counterproductive but...fraught with a new escalation of the conflict."

The statement insisted that "real progress in the negotiations is possible only with the Karabakh party's equal participation in all the stages of the negotiation process," without which, it says, "no agreement regarding the interests, fate, and future of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic can be adopted."

Azerbaijan has rejected the idea of allowing representatives from Nagorno-Karabakh to take part in talks on resolving the status of the disputed region.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognized internationally as belonging to Azerbaijan but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians since they won a three-year war against Azerbaijan in 1994.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are to meet in Moscow on June 17 for talks on the conflict held under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by France, Russia, and the United States.