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Minsk Group Urges Armenia, Azerbaijan To Settle Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

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By RFE/RL
The United States, Russia, and France are urging Azerbaijan and Armenia to show the "political will needed to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement” to their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe made the call on March 22 to mark the 20th anniversary of the formal request to convene a conference on the conflict.

The three co-chairs of the Minsk Group urge the leaders of both sides "to prepare their populations for peace, not war."

Armenians beat the Azerbaijanis for control of the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Karabakh and adjoining areas in a war that ended in 1994.

The two countries have since failed to negotiate a settlement on the status of the enclave.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has created the Minsk Group to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

With AFP reporting
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by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
March 23, 2012 23:32
"Breakaway Azerbaijani region of Karabakh" is not a neutral definition. Since the political and territorial affiliation of the region is in dispute, Karabakh can be called a "disputed region" There should also be an acknowledgment that Karabakh is not simply a "region" - like the Sahara desert - but a republic with its own army, political institutions and an developing economy that function well for over 20 years (!).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
March 24, 2012 11:58
Dear mr.Harduny,do you expect a neutral definition from the RFE/RL-the mouthpiece of the langley virgins,themselves a breakaway convict colony from the greatest of britains?Seems the tea party goers dumped the tea and smoked the pot,but now we all must oblige them because they say so,or just because Might is Right!!! God Bless Shamerica!!!And Israel,too!!!

by: James from: USA
March 28, 2012 20:55
The "region" is called the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

by: Men from: Irelan
March 30, 2012 18:21
It is final time for the world to recognize Armenia as agressor and occupier.

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