WASHINGTON (Voice of America)—There has never been or can ever be a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin said at the Brookings Institution.
According to Rubin, the US is focused on a fair, peaceful, and lasting solution to the Karabakh conflict that is acceptable to all parties, the Voice of America reports.
“There is no better solution. All others are so terrible that are not even worth considering,” Rubin said, speaking at a panel discussing a new report, “Retracing the Caucasian Circle,” co-authored by Fiona Hill, Kemal Kirisci, and Andrew Moffatt.
The State Department representative emphasized that “it’s time for the parties to reiterate their willingness and commitment to achieving progress.”
“This is not easy, and the parties have to make a certain choice to reach a solution. It’s hard for both parties, and that’s why we’ve not reached a settlement by now,” Rubin said.
He added that the “US, along with other co-chairing countries, is ready to do its utmost for the establishment of lasting peace.” He stressed that the parties should refrain from violence.
“We think it’s extremely important for the parties to refrain from aggravating the situation; avoiding incidents is a key issue,” Rubin stated.