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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mediators in Baku to Discuss Karabakh

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Russian, U.S. and French mediators presented new proposals Monday to Azerbaijan's president for settling the dispute over the enclave of Nagorny Karabakh, Itar-Tass reported.

The three co-chairmen of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's negotiating team arrived in Baku, the Azeri capital, on Monday for a new round of talks.

They met with Azeri President Heidar Aliyev and presented a plan giving broad autonomy to Nagorny Karabakh, a mostly Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, but maintaining Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, Itar-Tass said.

A 1994 truce ended fighting that began in the late 1980s over Nagorny Karabakh, but OSCE-mediated efforts for a settlement have dragged and occasional skirmishes are still reported.

The OSCE's latest proposals also pay special attention to refugees displaced by the war between the neighboring former Soviet republics, Itar-Tass quoted the French chairman, Georges Vaugier, as saying.

Vaugier and his co-chairmen, Donald Kaiser of the United States and Yury Yukalov of Russia, also are to visit the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and Nagorny Karabakh itself, Itar-Tass said.