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Armenia Threatens Quitting Nagorno-Karabakh Talks

Armenia has threatened to quit talks with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave if Baku raises the subject at the United Nations summit.

An Armenian foreign ministry spokesman told reporters in Yerevan that openly discussing the conflict at the U.N. General Assembly would violate an agreement between the two countries. The spokesman threatened Armenia would directly negotiate with local authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh's capital, Stepanakert.

Russia, American and French envoys are seeking to mediate the dispute under the auspices of the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe.

Armenia and Azerbaijan are bitterly divided over the predominantly Armenian-inhabited enclave, which declared independence in 1988. The subsequent six-year conflict claimed 35-thousand lives.

A cease-fire has held since 1994, but Nagorno-Karabakh's final status has not been resolved.

Some information in the story provided by AP and AFP.