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Armenian president to skip NATO summit

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan decided not to attend the NATO summit in Lisbon because a draft summit declaration has retained the previous generalized position on the resolution of conflicts in the South Caucasus.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan decided not to attend the NATO summit in Lisbon because a draft summit declaration has retained the previous generalized position on the resolution of conflicts in the South Caucasus.

"The Armenian side has many times stressed that the general wordings on conflict resolution are unacceptable," he said.

Sargsyan was apparently referring to the Nagorny Karabakh conflict between his country and Azerbaijan.

The Nagorny Karabakh conflict erupted in 1988, when the ethnic Armenian region claimed independence from Azerbaijan and sought support from Armenia. It has been de facto independent since a 1991-94 war that killed more than 30,000 people on both sides.

The dispute is mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group comprising the United States, Russia and France.

YEREVAN, November 19 (RIA Novosti)

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