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By Harry Tamrazian in Prague


The presidents of the Unites States and Russia George Bush and Vladimir Putin issued today a joint declaration on US-Russian strategic relationship after signing a landmark disarmament treaty in Kremlin, which could mark the end of the cold war. The joint declaration, which outlines all issues discussed during Kremlin talks on Friday, also covers regional conflicts in South Caucasus.

George Bush and Vladimir Putin indicated in joint declaration that the US and Russia would seek close cooperation in resolving regional conflicts, including those in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Transndnestrian issue in Moldova. But the two men had also a special message for the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. Bush and Putin urged the heads of the two South Caucasus states to be more flexible in resolving of the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute.

" We strongly encourage the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to exhibit flexibility and a constructive approach to resolving the conflict concerning Nagorno-Karabakh. As two of the Co-Chairmen of the OSCE's Minsk Group, the United States and Russia stand ready to assist in these efforts", the declaration said.

Armenian and Azerbaijani president have confirmed this week that they want to arrange another meeting to continue Nagorno-Karabakh talks. However, both sides didn't disclose the location and the venue of the possible talks. "Business Week" magazine reported this week that the United States is pushing hard on both sides to make difficult compromises. According to US magazine, Aliyev and Kocharian could meet in late May, in Prague.

Czech foreign Ministry told RFE/RL on Wednesday that it would not confirm or deny the report on possible meeting. However, the ministry expressed its readiness to continue hosting another round of talks between Armenia and Azserbaijan. Earlier this months personal representatives of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents had talks with OSCE's Minsk Group Co-chairman near Prague.
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