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Armenia/Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh Negotiators To Meet Today

Moscow, April 4, 1997 (RFE/RL) - Negotiators from Armenia and Azerbaijan are scheduled to meet representatives from the 11 nations working to resolve the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, later today in Moscow.

Talks on the primarily ethnic-Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, resumed earlier this week in Moscow after a long interruption. Armenian and Azerbaijani representatives have spent the past several days speaking to Russian, American and French negotiators. The three countries currently co-chair the peace process.

The negotiations are seen as crucial for finding a permanent solution to the conflict, which erupted in 1988, when ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh declared sovereignty. The OSCE arranged a ceasefire in 1994, but there has been little progress towards a permanent settlement.