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Azerbaijani Leader Seeks Help Over Karabakh

13 December 2004 -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has called upon the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the United Nations to do more to help his country settle a long-running territorial dispute with neighboring Armenia.

Aliyev was speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs today during a visit to London. Aliyev said he remains committed to seek a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the help of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

But he said other international organizations should play a more active role in the negotiation process.

The predominantly ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1988, triggering a six-year war between Yerevan and Baku.

The conflict has claimed some 35,000 lives and driven an estimated 800,000 Azeris out of Karabakh and neighboring areas that are still occupied by Armenian troops.