The United States attaches great importance to the work of the OSCE Minsk Group and is committed to an ultimate resolution to this conflict, with the sides to advance a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, head of U.S. mission to OSCE said.
US urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to translate agreements into concrete actions
STEPANAKERT, NOVEMBER 8, ARTSAKHPRESS: In his remarks during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, Ambassador James Gilmore sais since Minsk Group’s appearance at the Permanent Council one year ago, a great deal has changed.
Yet, agreement on these issues is not enough. We call on the sides to translate these agreements into concrete actions now. The time has come for the sides to prepare their populations for peace, and to refrain from mutual accusations and recriminations. The United States supports confidence-building measures and increased dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis that can stabilize the security situation and foster a more constructive atmosphere for negotiations. Those participating in dialogue must be able to do so freely and without fear of harassment or recrimination when they return home.
Ambassador Kasprzyk, we welcome your assessment of the situation on the ground, and we value the efforts of your team to promote transparency and confidence among the sides. This work is indispensable and has our full support. We appreciate your close collaboration with the Slovak Chair in supporting the Co-Chairs’ mediation efforts and with the sides in stabilizing the situation on the ground.
There can be no military solution to this conflict, and the status quo is unacceptable. The United States is committed to working with the sides to find a lasting and peaceful resolution based on the principles, shared by participating States, of non-use or threat of force, territorial integrity, and equal rights and self-determination of peoples, as embraced in the Helsinki Final Act, which remains the key instruments of principles and conduct for the OSCE member States.”