U.S. diplomat says status quo in respect of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ‘unacceptable’
The United States welcomes the joint statement by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan following the October 16 summit organized by the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group in Geneva, Harry Kamian, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. mission to the OSCE said in a meeting at the OSCE Permanent Council with the Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Azvision.az reported.
“We are pleased that the presidents agreed to take urgently needed measures to reduce tensions along the Line of Contact, and we encourage the sides to build on this positive momentum and refrain from mutual accusations and recriminations.”
Kamian stressed that the United States calls on the sides to implement the measures agreed upon at the summits in Vienna and St. Petersburg in May and June 2016, respectively, and also encourages the sides to work on the proposal to establish an OSCE investigative mechanism.
The American diplomat added his country also supports confidence-building measures and increased dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis that can help stabilize the security situation and create a more constructive atmosphere for negotiations.
“Those participating in dialogue must be able to do so freely, without fear of harassment when they return home.”
In the end, Kamian pointed out that the United States shares the frustration of the sides that this conflict has indeed gone on far too long, and believes the status quo is unacceptable.
“At the same time, we all agree that there can be no military solution to the conflict. As a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains deeply committed to working with the sides to find a lasting and peaceful resolution to the conflict, one based on the principles shared by participating States of non-use of force, territorial integrity, and equal rights and self-determination, as embraced in the Helsinki Final Act.”