August 23, 2021 – 13:14 AMT
“We will continue to work through our position as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair towards that goal of bringing down violence, of de-escalation, so that we can get to some of the other very critical issues that need to be discussed”, she told reporters in Syunik province.
Commenting on security issues and border incidents, the Ambassador said she has already spoken on these issues, as well as the State Department has also weighed in from Washington on several occasions. “I think you may also know that in July I visited Gegharkunik and one of these border areas where there have been tensions and violence. Let me just make very clear: we are calling for de-escalation and a separation of forces to try to bring down the violence”, the Ambassador said.
The U.S. Ambassador noted that the solution of these issues is very important because civilians appear in the middle of the conflict and are being affected in terms of their safety and security in their own homes. “This is why there is such urgency in addressing these issues”, she added.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev on November 9 signed a statement to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side has returned all the seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.