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Armenia/Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh Delegation To Visit

Munich, 27 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A top-level delegation from the United States, Russia and France will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan this coming weekend in a new attempt to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

The delegation includes U.S. deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, the director of political and security affairs at the French foreign Minister Jacques Blot, a senior Russian diplomat Valentin Lozinsky and Russian deputy foreign minister Boris Pastukhov.

The U.S., Russia and France are co-chairmen of an international group trying to end the dispute over the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is enclave inside Azerbaijan largely populated by Armenians. A ceasefire has been in effect since May 1994 but little progress has been made on a political settlement.

A spokesman said today the team is expected to arrive in Armenia on Friday night and will confer with political leaders in both Armenia and Azerbaijan.