YEREVAN. Nov 15 (Interfax) – Armenian President Robert Kocharian is not optimistic about prospects for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“At present I am not very optimistic about that, but we keep trying, together with Azerbaijan, to search for a mutually acceptable solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem,” Kocharian told a news conference on Monday.
He said the non-participation of the Karabakh side in the negotiating process impeded the settlement, since Azerbaijan was only engaged in talks with Armenia. “The situation does not reflect the essence of the conflict,” Kocharian said.
Besides, Baku refuses to cooperate with Armenia prior to settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which, according to the Armenian leader, makes it impossible to develop regional cooperation in the South Caucasus.”