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June 30, 2006
Nagarno-Karabakh: Mediators Take The Process Public
Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1989 (Photolur) PRAGUE, June 30, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Lifting the veil of confidentiality that has marked the Karabakh peace process since it began in 1992, the French, Russian and U.S. co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group tasked with mediating a solution to the conflict have over the past eight days gone public with a summary of the basic principles currently under discussion.
June 29, 2006
G8 Calls For Swift End To Regional Conflicts
Armenian President Robert Kocharian (left) with his Azerbaijani counterpart, İlham Aliyev (file photo) (Photolur) June 29, 2006 -- Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations have called for a prompt resolution to regional conflicts in former Soviet republics and in the Balkans.
June 29, 2006
Mediator Says Karabakh Peace Requires Trade-Offs
In an earlier interview with RFE/RL, Matthew Bryza, the new U.S. co-chair of the group moderating negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, spoke about the prospects of a resolution to the conflict. Some of Bryza's comments caused a commotion in Yervan and Baku.
June 23, 2006
U.S. Says Aliyev, Kocharian Must Show 'Political Will'
U.S. official Matthew Bryza was recently named U.S. co-chair of the Minsk Group tasked with moderating talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. Bryza spoke with RFE/RL about the prospects of resolving the conflict.
June 22, 2006
Russia Says Kosovo Could Be Precedent For Georgia
Russian peacekeepers in Abkhazia (ITAR-TASS) June 22, 2006 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry said today the decision on the final status of Kosovo could serve as a precedent for the settlement of a range of "frozen conflicts" in former Soviet republics, in particular the breakaway Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
June 21, 2006
OIC Wants Armenian Troops Out Of Karabakh
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (file photo) (AFP) June 21, 2006 -- The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of ethnic Armenian forces from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave in Azerbaijan.
June 19, 2006
Azerbaijan Wants To Act As Bridge To East
Azerbaijani President Aliyev (file photo) (RFE/RL) PRAGUE, June 16, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev today called for Islamic countries to join efforts to fight the rising resentment against Muslims in the world and the perceived connection between Islam and terrorism.
June 15, 2006
Bryza To Be U.S. Co-Chair Of OSCE Minsk Group
Matthew Bryza on a recent vist to Abkhazia (InterPressNews) BRUSSELS, June 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said today that Matthew Bryza, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, will co-chair the OSCE Minsk Group that mediates between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.
June 14, 2006
EU Action Plans For Caucasus 'Few Months Away'
Peter Semneby (file photo) (Photolur) BRUSSELS, June 14, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The EU special representative for the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, told RFE/RL today that European Neighborhood Policy Action Plans with Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan will be signed "in a couple of months' time."