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Armenia, Azerbaijan to Hold Talks on Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to meet in Moscow Wednesday for talks on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said in Moscow Tuesday he would meet his Armenian counterpart, Varden Oskanian, to discuss the conflict. He said they would review the format of talks on the issue when the presidents of the two countries meet in the Russian capital later this week.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are bitterly divided over the disputed ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which declared independence in 1988. The subsequent six-year conflict claimed some 35,000 lives. A cease-fire was declared in 1994, but the enclave's final status has not been resolved. .

The United States, Russia and France have been actively trying to mediate the dispute.

Some information for this story provided by AFP.