President Geidar Aliyev of Azerbaijan and his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharyan finished their Nagorno-Karabakh talks in Key West, Fla., this Friday. The next round of talks is to be held in Geneva in June, said the spokesmen of the USA, Russia and France, who acted as intermediaries representing the co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh, at a press conference in Key West.
The Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov. As expected, the Key West talks ended without signing any agreements. No details about the practical results of the four-day negotiations were reported, with the exception of a phrase on "certain progress." The USA, Russia and France point out in the joint communique, signed by the co-chairmen of the meeting, that the serious and intensive discussions were held in Key West and that the co-chairs of the Minsk Group would elaborate a new all-embracing suggestion for carrying on the efforts to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh problems. On Saturday Aliyev and Kocharyan will go to Washington, where President George Bush will hold separate meetings with them on Monday.
Nearly every day there is some retired American military General on the news doing an interview about the Ukrainians “taking back” Crimea or “pushing out” the Russians or claiming 1991 borders “must be respected” for the dispute to end