Putin Says 'good Will' Exists To End Armenia-azerbaijan Crisis - Yahoo News

October 8, 2014

View gallery Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Azerbaijan President visit website Ilham Aliyev (L) and Armenia's P Russia, France visit our website and the United States had co-chaired mediation efforts under the aegis of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The blueprint for the resolution of the conflict would include a phased return of occupied regions around Nagorny Karabakh to Azerbaijan's control, introduction of peacekeepers and a special transition status for the region, with residents getting a chance to express their will on its ultimate status within Azerbaijan. While there was little hope of a breakthrough in Sochi, the reaffirmation of the willingness to find a peaceful resolution to the worst post-Soviet conflict was a change from the sabre-rattling that preceded the meeting. Armenian Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan said ahead of the summit that expectations of a complete peace or even a return to a full ceasefire were "misplaced". "Such meetings provide opportunities to start, to continue a dialogue," he said. "We all know well that dialogue is the only way to resolve questions peacefully." After a failed attempt earlier this year by French President Francois Hollande to bring together the Armenian and Azeri leaders, Russian analysts saw the Sochi talks as reaffirmation of Russia's predominance in the region.
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