OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Travel to Ankara, Nakhichevan, Armenia...
...AND KARABAKH AND BAKU
The co-chairs travelled by helicopter on 11 December from Yerevan to Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Noyan Tapan and a correspondent in Stepanakert for RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported. The unrecognized enclave's president, Arkadii Ghukasian, told the co-chairs during a three-hour meeting that he is concerned at what the Karabakh leadership perceives as a slackening in the pace of the negotiating process. He also argued that Karabakh representatives should participate in the ongoing series of talks between Kocharian and Azerbaijan's President Heidar Aliev. Following talks with Aliev later the same day in Baku, the co-chairs announced that the Armenian and Azerbaijani defense ministers will meet on the border between Armenia and Nakhichevan on 15 December to discuss measures to preclude further violations of the cease-fire that took effect in the spring of 1994, ITAR-TASS reported. Cavanaugh added that Turkey will play "an important role" in implementing the peace agreement once it is reached and that Ankara has promised to provide economic assistance in developing the region, according to Turan. LF
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