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Armenia-Azerbaijan Summit Proposed

Elmar Mammadyarov in Brussels on November 13 (official site) November 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents, Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian, could meet soon for talks aimed at resolving the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Mammadyarov, who met with his Armenian counterpart on November 14 in Brussels, said international mediators of the OSCE Minsk group have backed a possible meeting of the presidents on the sidelines of a Commonwealth of Independent States summit at the end of this month in the Belarus capital, Minsk -- but no meeting has yet been confirmed.

A Precarious Balance

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.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 60 minutes):
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Selected Articles By Richard Giragosian:

Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace May Depend On Military Situation

Georgia: Gas Cutoff Highlights National Security Flaws

Azerbaijan: Has Government Taken A Troubling Example From Andijon?


For an archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Nagorno-Karabakh, click here.


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