U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Steven
Sestanovich and the U.S. co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, Carey Cavanaugh,
met in Yerevan on 21-22 January with President Robert Kocharian, Prime
Minister Aram Sargsian and other senior officials to discuss how to speed
up the stalled Karabakh peace process, RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported.
He said that to that end, the Minsk Group is preparing a new peace proposal,
but did not divulge details. Sestanovich told journalists in Yerevan on
22 January that the unresolved Karabakh conflict remains an obstacle to
improvement in Armenian-Turkish relations. LF
On 22 January Sestanovich and Cavanaugh flew to Baku for talks with President Heidar Aliev and other senior officials, AP and ITAR-TASS reported. Aliev greeted the news that the Minsk Group is preparing a new peace proposal, and expressed his hope that the conflict will be resolved by the end of this year. LF
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