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Hope Seen For Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement

12 July 2005 -- International mediators involved in the territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan said today there is hope for a settlement.

Representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been trying to resolve the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave that ethnic Armenian forces seized more than a decade ago. A truce was agreed to in 1994 but both countries continue to lay claim to the enclave.

U.S. diplomat Steve Mann, speaking in Baku, said much was possible "if we can count on the goodwill and the desire of the Azerbaijani and Armenian people" to reach a settlement.

The U.S., Russia, and France co-chair the OSCE's so-called Minsk Group attempting to resolve the long-standing conflict between the two Caucasian nations.

(news agencies)