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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Azeri, Armenian Heads Debate 6-Year War

Presidents Heidar Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Levon Ter-Petrossian of Armenia met in Moscow on Thursday for talks on the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which has become the longest-running war in the former Soviet Union.


Ostankino Television showed the two presidents, who both arrived in Moscow specially for the talks, talking amiably in the State Receptions House in the Sparrow Hills, but gave no details of their discussions.


Russia's special envoy to Nagorno-Karabakh, Vladimir Kazimirov, told Ostankino that he hoped the two leaders could agree on a "grand political accord" to solve the six-year conflict over the enclave, which is nominally inside Azerbaijan but populated mainly by Armenians.


Aliyev, who was the former Communist Party boss in Azerbaijan for 14 years, has cultivated good relations with Moscow since coming to power last summer and returned his country to the Commonwealth of Independent States.


But he has so far not been able to secure a withdrawal of Armenian forces from his territory.


Armenian forces who have pushed deep inside Azerbaijan are estimated to control a fifth of the country and to have forced more than 1 million Azeris from their homes.