Russia Presses Diplomacy as Caucasus Truce Halts Fighting

  • Medvedev says `hot phase' in Karabakh crisis must be avoided
  • Lavrov says Russia has `proposals' for resolving conflict

Russia mounted a diplomatic offensive to reinforce a cease-fire that halted the worst fighting in two decades between Armenians and Azeris over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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