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Azerbaijani FM: Talks With Armenia To Continue

13 January 2005 -- Azerbaijan's foreign minister says talks between Azerbaijani and Armenian officials on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute will continue.

Foreign Minister Araz Azimov recently returned to Azerbaijan from talks with his Armenian counterpart in the Czech capital Prague. Azimov said that, while both sides still have disagreements on the issue, everyone is interested in reaching a peaceful settlement.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a predominantly Armenian exclave in Azerbaijan. It has had de facto independence since Armenian-backed forces won control over the territory in 1994 following a six-year war.

Armenian-backed forces and Azerbaijani troops continue to face off across a demilitarized zone in the region.