Robert Kocharian and Heidar Aliev met in
Minsk late on 30 November on the sidelines of the CIS summit to discuss
the Karabakh conflict, Armenpress and Turan reported. It was their fifth
such meeting this year. Aliev termed the talks "constructive,"
while Kocharian said that agreement was reached "to shift the negotiating
process to another format," which, he added, would provide for "more
active contacts." He did not elaborate. Kocharian stressed the need
to reach a permanent settlement of the conflict before 2003, when presidential
elections are due in both Armenia and Azerbaijan. LF
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