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Armenia, Azerbaijan See Progress On Karabakh Dispute

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (center) at a meeting with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Serzh Sarkisian (right) and Ilham Aliyev, in Sochi on January 23
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to accelerate talks aimed at settling the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

In a statement issued today following talks mediated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the two leaders praised the work of the Minsk Group of mediators and noted that "considerable work" had been done since their last meeting in November 2010.

Interfax quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying the two leaders had also agreed to "move away from maximalist positions."

Nagorno-Karabakh is a region of Azerbaijan where ethnic Armenians -- backed by Yerevan -- fought a war against Baku in the 1990s.

The situation has been regulated by a cease-fire agreement since 1994.

compiled from agency reports