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Russian MP: "US, EU not seen as impartial Karabakh mediators"

23 March 2006 [10:53] - TODAY.AZ
The mediation on settling the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be undertaken by "a force that is accepted both in Azerbaijan and Armenian as an impartial party" instead, a Russian MP has said.

The OSCE Minsk Group brokering the conflict resolution is co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States, AssA-Irada informs.

"Neither the United States nor the European Union can be fully impartial with regard to the peace process, while Russia itself is not keen on implementing the mediating mission," the chairman of the Russian State Duma (parliament) committee on CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) issues, Ahmed Bilalov, told Russian RIA-Novosti news agency.

"However, if the sides accept this, Moscow is ready to avail of all means to achieve a fair solution… Russia is not interested at all in the resumption of military action close to its borders," he said in reference to Azerbaijan's threats to use force to free its land from under Armenian occupation, which followed the fruitless discussions between the two countries' leaders in France in February. Russia therefore wants the difference of opinion between the conflicting sides to be solved through negotiations, Bilalov said.

The MP also emphasized that he accompanied Russian President Vladimir Putin during his recent visit to Baku.



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