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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Karabakh Aims For Peace Deal

The leader of an ethnic Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan said his region is ready to partially return to Azeri authority in order to reach a peace settlement, Interfax reported.


Arkady Gukasian, who was elected president of Nagorny Karabakh last month, made his conciliatory remarks Monday amid stepped-up efforts to resolve the nine-year standoff.


"We are realists and are aware that we won't be able to create a normal state,'' Gukasian told Ekho Moskvy radio, according to Interfax. But he emphasized that the region must be an "entity under international law.''


Armenia, the official said, "must bear direct responsibility for the security of Nagorny Karabakh.''


Gukasian was quoted as saying that Azerbaijan had been avoiding direct talks with Nagorny Karabakh because it was hoping that "the United States will give Karabakh to Azerbaijan as a present.''