Baku, Erevan March 14 (RFE/RL) - In Baku, top Russian envoys are reported to be
discussing a draft peace plan for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Russia's First Deputy Foreign Minister Boris Pastukhov and Special
Presidential Envoy Vladimir Kazimirov also held talks today in
Erevan, as they continue shuttling among Baku, Stepanakert and Erevan.
An RFE/RL correspondent in Baku reports the envoys today consulted
Azerbaijan's President Gaidar Aliyev, and are expected to continue
discussions of the draft plan tomorrow with other top officials in
Baku. no details of the plan were released, but reports have said
discussions have focused on granting Karabakh greater autonomy, and
on security guarantees for Karabakh's ethnic Armenians.
The RFE/RL correspondent says it is clear the efforts of the Russian
envoys and American envoys are coordinated.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott held talks today in
Erevan, following talks in Baku. Talbott has now traveled to Turkey.
A ceasefire in the Karabakh conflict has been generally honored
since it came into effect in may, 1994. but international negotiators
have pursued a permanent cessation of hostilities as a top priority.