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Azerbaijani Minister Cautiously Optimistic About Karabakh Talks

16 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijan's foreign minister said in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL that some progress is being made in OSCE-sponsored talks on resolving the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers held separate talks in London yesterday with negotiators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service yesterday, Elmar Mammadyarov said he is cautiously optimistic that the talks, which are part of a round of negotiations called the "Prague Process," may eventually yield results:

"There is some movement in the process, which is called the Prague Process.," Mammadyarov said. "We hope that the movement will [continue] steadily further and we agreed that the next meeting is going to be in Frankfurt, on the 27th of this month."

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the early 1990s, following fighting that killed an estimated 30,000 people.

A cease-fire was signed in 1994, but the region's final political status has not been determined.