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Mediators To Meet With Karabakh Officials


(AP) - Foreign mediators were slated to meet with officials in Nagorno-Karabakh Wednesday amid renewed efforts to settle the disputed enclave's status and resolve the long-running conflict.

The diplomats from Russia, the United States and France were scheduled to arrive in the Armenian capital then fly immediately to Nagorno-Karabakh's main city, Stepanakert, before returning to Yerevan for more talks.

The OSCE mediators on Tuesday met with officials in Azerbaijan, whose president, Ilham Aliev, last month said there were signs of progress in resolving the dispute.

"We believe that much is possible in the foreseeable future if we can count on the goodwill and the desire of the Azerbaijani and the Armenian people to achieve a realistic and stable settlement," U.S. diplomat Steven Mann said.

However, Russian envoy Yuri Merzlyakov said that it was unlikely negotiations would be completed in time for an August meeting of the rival nations' presidents on the sidelines of a gathering of ex-Soviet leaders.
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