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New Nagorno-Karabakh Talks Open in Moscow Today

Vienna, June 14 (RFE/RL) -- International negotiators opened a new round of talks in Moscow today on the conflict in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

The Interfax news agency quotes Russian mediator Vladimir Kazimirov as saying the atmosphere at the talks is now much favorable for a solution than in the past.

Our correspondent reports that the talks in Moscow are due to run one week. The Moscow talks resume negotations over Nagorno-Karabakh which had been temporarilly suspended since march due to lack of progress.

The negotations are sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which negotiated a ceasefire for Nagorno-Karabakh in 1994. Since then, the OSCE has conducted ongoing talks between the conflict parties in an effort to broker a permanent settlement of the conflict.

The majority ethnic Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by Armenia, is seeking independence from Azerbaijan. Baku has said it will grant autonomy to the enclave but refuses independence.

The Moscow talks will be followed by another week-long meeting in Stockholm beginning July 1.