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Armenian, Azerbaijani Leaders Vow To Work On Karabakh

16 September 2004 -- The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan today promised to continue attempts to resolve their long dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Robert Kocharian of Armenia made the remarks after late-night talks in the Kazakh capital Astana. The discussion was mediated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kocharian said at a joint news conference with Aliyev that more time is needed, but that "the process is continuing in a constructive way."

Aliyev said, "further development can resolve this question." Neither side gave any details of their three-hour meeting.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an enclave in Azerbaijan that has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces for more than a decade. A cease-fire was signed in 1994 after Azerbaijani forces were driven out, but the ethnic Armenian enclave's final status has not been resolved and clashes still occur occasionally.