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Karabakh deal only possible 'if Azerbaijan drops amendments'

RIA Novosti

13:06 08/07/2011 YEREVAN, July 8 (RIA Novosti) - An agreement on Nagorny Karabakh will be only possible if Azerbaijan gives up a number of amendments suggested during a meeting in Kazan, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said.

Nagorny Karabakh, a breakaway region on Azerbaijani territory with a predominantly ethnic Armenian population, has been at the center of a bitter conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

"If Azerbaijan drops its amendments, its ten amendments [suggested] in Kazan, then the agreement is possible," Nalbandyan said during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Lavrov, who is currently in Yerevan, turned over Russia's proposals on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement to Armenia. Later in the day Russian foreign minister will fly to Baku and hand over same proposals to the Azerbaijani side.

Armenia and Azerbaijan were unable to come to an agreement on the path to peace in Nagorny Karabakh after a meeting in Russia's Kazan in June, but said some progress had been made.

Nagorny Karabakh has remained under Armenian control since the late 1980s, when the region claimed independence from Azerbaijan to join Armenia. The conflict is estimated to have left more than 30,000 people dead on both sides between 1988 and 1994.

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