Italy, appointed as mediator in March by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, was ready to stop the talks and publicly blame Baku unless the Azeris changed their stand, the diplomats said.
'It looks as though the Azeris are prepared to torpedo the negotiations,' a senior diplomat involved in the talks said. 'Their language is astonishing. They are calling the Armenians 'bandits' and vowing to fight to the last man . . . It is very disappointing. Italy is ready to stop the meeting if they go on using such language.'
Forces of the two former Soviet republics clashed in various regions of Nagorny Karabakh yesterday and on the border between the two republics.Reuse content