The Associated Press, Sat 23 Nov 2002
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — President Geidar Aliev said Saturday that he and Armenian President Robert Kocharian have agreed to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Speaking to journalists after returning from the NATO summit in Prague, where he met with Kocharian, Aliev said the two leaders “decided to continue talks and join our efforts in settling the conflict peacefully.”
Forces backed by Armenia have controlled the ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan for most of the past decade. Despite a 1994 cease-fire, fighting occasionally flares in the region, and a political solution remains elusive.
Aliev said he also discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with French President Jacques Chirac, who expressed readiness to promote a peace settlement.