понедельник, 16 мая 2016 г.

Armenia, Azerbaijan Presidents to meet over Nagorno-Karabakh


 US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be holding talks today with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian, in an effort to diffuse tensions between the two countries.
World Bulletin / News Desk
The Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents will meet in Vienna to discuss the fragile cease-fire in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The meeting between Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev will be their first face-to-face encounter since Nagorno-Karabakh in early April witnessed its worst violence in two decades.
AFP reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- in Vienna for multilateral talks on Syria and Libya -- would also meet with the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.
Diplomats from the co-chairs of the so-called Minsk Group of mediators in the conflict -- the United States, Russia, and France -- are to attend the talks.
"For now, the main aim for the mediators is to just calm down the tensions along the front line," Armenia-based political analyst Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told the AFP news agency. "The signing of any documents or reaching of any other sort of agreements is highly unlikely."
"If the meeting in Vienna does not yield any results, then the likelihood of a repeat of April fighting increases," according to Elkhan Shainoglu of the Atlas think tank in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for years.

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