By Shahin Abbasov and Gayane Abrahamyan 5/11/09
While international mediators give an upbeat assessment to the May 8 tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte between Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, within Azerbaijan and Armenia there is a scarcity of optimism.
Novruz Mammadov, head of the Azerbaijani presidential administration’s Foreign Policy Department, put it bluntly. "The [Minsk Group] co-chairs’ optimism does not correspond with reality," Mammadov told ATV television on May 9. "The presidents’ meeting was unsuccessful."
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov had earlier asserted that the Armenians "again did not show a constructive approach." He did not elaborate.