Matthew Bryza: No deep discrepancy exists between the parties to the conflict

Matthew Bryza: No deep discrepancy exists between the parties to the conflict
# 07 February 2007 09:45 (UTC +04:00)
Commenting on the Minsk Group’s activity, the US co-chair approved the mediating activity.
“The settlement of the conflict needs political will. The situation is not complicated but, the schedule is intensive because of the upcoming elections in Armenia this year. It is welcoming that democracy is developing and elections are held in both countries. I feel that the problem will be solved but I can not say when. I feel very optimistic regarding the settlement of the conflict, but I can not solve it alone. We expect the Presidents to prepare their communities for this process. Our duty is to help the parties to hold negotiations through stages,� Mr.Bryza said.
The US co-chair also said Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers will meet in several weeks, but the co-chairs are not going to visit the region soon.
Commenting on applying Kosovo variant to the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the co-chair said each conflict has its specific features, so any settlement can not be applied as a model.
“There exist some elements for the solution of the discrepancy concerning the core principles. I think, we have achieved progress to some extent, no deep discrepancy exists between the parties,� he said. /APA/
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