Establishment of peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan will have a great importance for region’s security and stability, senior officials, participating in the recurrent round of talks between Armenian and Azerbaijan presidents, announced in US Key West, Florida on Tuesday.
Speaking at the opening of the talks Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev said he “has come to Key West with a big hope and expects the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs’ active efforts, as well as Armenia’s constructive approach.”
Armenian president Robert Kocharian noted in his turn that he “has traveled to Key West, thousand miles away from the Caucasus to continue constructive work for Karabagh regulation.”
The first day of the talks began with separate talks of US State Secretary Colin Powell with both leaders. Colin Powel said that president Bush was following closely the process of negotiations and would be happy to meet personally with Kocharian and Aliyev provided the two men moved towards progress in their efforts to end the conflict.
After meetings with Aliyev and Kocharian Powel went back to Washington and the two presidents proceeded with their talks in concert with the Minsk group co-chairs.
The talks are held behind the closed doors and according to Itar-Tass, on Tuesday the presidents did not have a face-to-face meeting.
The US co-chair Cary Cavanaugh said that the two presidents have potential for making a breakthrough in the negotiations. Without elaborating Cavanaugh said on Tuesday that both presidents are resolute to find a peace formula to be acceptable to all the sides.