Predominantly ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1988, triggering a six-year war that ended with a truce. Officially, Armenia and Azerbaijan are still at war.
Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held their latest round of talks on June 5 in Bucharest, but no progress was reported.
Oskanian told RFE/RL that he met on June 13 in Paris with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov to try to narrow differences, but failed to make progress.
A Precarious Balance
Richard Giragosian at RFE/RL on May 25 (RFE/RL)
SECURITY SLIPPING AWAY?: On May 25, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a talk by RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN titled, "The Military Balance In The South Caucasus And Nagorno-Karabakh." Giragosian, a Washington-based analyst of international relations in the former Soviet Union, concentrated on the military balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the two countries continue to increase defense spending. Girogosian argued that corruption is the main threat to the national security of both countries. He also commented on other security issues in the South Caucasus, Iran, elsewhere.
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