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Azerbaijan, Armenia Leaders To Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh

27 August 2005 -- The leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia are expected to meet today to discuss the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The talks between Presidents Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan and Robert Kocharian of Armenia are due to be held in Kazan, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, where leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States held a summit yesterday.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held separate telephone talks this week with Aliev and Kocharian and urged them to "make the compromises necessary" to reach a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Nagorno-Karabakh, a mostly ethnic Armenian enclave, broke away from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1988, sparking a war in which some 35,000 people were killed. A cease-fire took effect in 1994.