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Armenian, Azerbaijani Leaders Agree To Meet In Davos

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) hosted his counterparts Serzh Sarkisian (center) and Ilham Aliyev in November.
YEREVAN -- The Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents have agreed to meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 28 to discuss ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The meeting was confirmed after the U.S., Russian, and French co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Minsk Group met Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian in Yerevan on January 20, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agreed in Baku on January 19 to the meeting.

The U.S. Minsk co-chair, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, said that mediators hope to broker an Armenian-Azerbaijani framework peace deal by the summer.

He said an agreement depends on whether the presidents can make "concrete steps" and whether Armenian and Azerbaijani societies can understand "what is being proposed [to resolve the issue]."

Bryza added that "if they do understand it they will support it."