U.S. Reaffirms Support For Karabakh Settlement
On Monday, Washington reiterated its pledge to continue working with its fellow OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, Russia and France, to “help Armenia and Azerbaijan resolve all outstanding issues related to or resulting from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including with regard to detainees, missing persons, and humanitarian demining efforts,” according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Turan News, citing the State Department statement.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe Amanda Sloat, met on September 27 with MG Co-Chairs Stephane Visconti (France), Andrew Schofer (US), and Igor Khovaev (Russia), as well as Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
“The co-chairs discussed their successful facilitation of the first joint meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers since November 2020, held last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. They also noted that September 27 is the one-year anniversary of the initiation of renewed intensified hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and expressed condolences for the loss of life on both sides.” reads the DoS statement. ” They underscored only a comprehensive resolution that addresses all outstanding issues can normalize relations between the two countries and allow the people of the region to live together peacefully.”
Hogan and Sloat “welcomed the co-chairs’ efforts and the resolve of Armenia and Azerbaijan to reengage in the peace process through direct dialogue aimed at contributing to security, stability, and prosperity in the region.”