Apparently the talks between Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev about approaching a peace deal regarding the dispute over Karabagh have resulted in failure. They could not come to agreement, mainly on the status of Karabagh and whether Armenia would be willing to pull out its troops from Kelbajar, the region that was fought over and won by the Armenians. Incidentally most of the territories around Karabagh were occupied/liberated without any force, since the Turks fled their own homes and Armenian troops just walked in--Aghdam as one example. I have previously voiced my opinion about Kelbajar on this blog, that it is for strategic reasons a region Armenia should not immediately relinquish control over, if not ever. It seems that in the end President Kocharian realized this as well.
There is more information in an Associated Press article that can be read here
Onnik has also been discussing what's been going on regarding the peace deal. He has been covering the situation in Karabagh in his photostories off and on since 1994 and thus has plenty to say. Read his take on all this here
Labels: Nagorno-Karabagh, Politics