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Armenia/Azerbaijan: Negotiating Team To Return Soon

Munich, 5 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A top U.S. diplomat says proposals for re-starting the deadlocked negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh have been presented to Armenia and Azerbaijan, and that an international team will travel to the region this month to discuss them further. The diplomat, who requested anonymity, today said in Vienna, that the discussions must get going again. He says they are too important to leave as they are now.

The U.S. diplomat was a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) team which presented the new proposals in Yerevan, Baku and Stepanakert last week. It was led by the co-chairs of the international group trying to negotiate a settlement: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, the director of political and security affairs at the French foreign ministry, Jacques Blot; and the head of the Russian department dealing with Nagorno-Karabakh, Valentin Lozinsky.

The diplomat declined to discuss the contents of the proposals offered by the co-chairs, but said they called for compromise on both sides. He said said many of the reports circulating this week about the proposals are incorrect.