Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders meet

June 5, 2006 at 12:37 PM
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BUCHAREST, Romania, June 5 (UPI) -- The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Romania to discuss their dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh but details were not available.

The meeting between Armenia's Robert Kocharian and Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev was their second since their last one in February near Paris.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, Steven Mann, the U.S. co-chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group, said the two leaders met Sunday for 2 1/2 hours.

There was a good atmosphere in the talks and again, a good atmosphere and a detailed discussion," he told the radio network.

The Minsk Group, led by the United States, Russia, and France, has been negotiating the conflict since 1992.

The enclave has remained a dispute since the predominantly Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan in 1988. That set off a six-year war before a truce was called. Officially, the countries are still at war.

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