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OSCE Mediator Sees Progress In Nagorno-Karabakh Talks

U.S. diplomat James Warlick says the cease-fire there remains very fragile and emphasized respect for the cease-fire is key to building trust.
U.S. diplomat James Warlick says the cease-fire there remains very fragile and emphasized respect for the cease-fire is key to building trust.
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By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- A co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Minsk Group trying to mediate a peace in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has said he sees progress in negotiations.

U.S. diplomat James Warlick said on February 4 in Baku that "while there are a number of outstanding issues" remaining in the talks, the Minsk Group has been encouraged by the November 2013 meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the decrease in incidents in the Nagorno-Karabakh region since that meeting.

Warlick said the cease-fire there remained very fragile and emphasized respect for the cease-fire is key to building trust.

Armenian separatists seized the mainly Armenian-populated region of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan during a war in the 1990s.

Diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict have brought no results.

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February 05, 2014
U.S. diplomat James Warlick, a co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, has said that there is a "window of opportunity" for a resolution between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. In an interview with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service and Azerbaijan's APA news agency in Baku, Warlick said that the cease-fire in the region is fragile, but that incidents have decreased and the time is right for an active effort to reach a peaceful settlement.

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