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Moscow To Host Karabakh Talks

(RFE/RL) January 23, 2007 -- The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet in Moscow today for a fresh round of talks on the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The mostly ethnic-Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan has been under dispute since a six-year conflict ended in 1994 with a cease-fire. Some 30,000 were killed in the conflict and about 1 million driven from their homes.

Today's talks between Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, come a day after an Armenian soldier was shot dead along their common border.

Shooting incidents are frequent along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. On January 19, Azerbaijan said one of its soldiers was shot by ethnic-Armenian forces near Nagorno-Karabakh.

(compiled from agency reports)

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Unknown Victims

Ethnic Armenians displaced by fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh in the 1980s (Photolur)

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