Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gog/MaGog Watch:

Azerbaijan says Karabakh talks last chance for deal

Sat Nov 21, 2009
By Lada Yevgrashina

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said talks with Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be "decisive" and warned Azeri troops were ready to use force to take back the rebel region if they fail.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev meets Armenia's Serzh Sarksyan on Sunday in Munich for the latest in a string of meetings this year on the Armenian-populated mountain region, which broke away from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s.

The conflict has been thrust back into the diplomatic spotlight this year, with Azeri ally Turkey pressing for progress before it seals an historic thaw with neighboring Armenia and opens the border it closed in 1993 during the war.

"That meeting must play a decisive role in the process of negotiations," Aliyev said late on Friday, in comments broadcast by state television on Saturday.

"If that meeting ends without result, then our hopes in negotiations will be exhausted and then we are left with no other option," he said, saying Azerbaijan had the right to use force to take back the mountain region.

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