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Azerbaijan Dismisses OSCE Proposal to Withdraw Snipers

Azerbaijan spurned a proposal by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to halt shooting in its territorial dispute with Armenia, saying it would do so only if its neighbor did the same.

“We would be ready to withdraw snipers if Armenia started withdrawing from Azerbaijan’s occupied territory,” Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters today in Baku, the capital. “In the current circumstances, however, that would strengthen the status quo.”