US Ready to Assist Armenia and Azerbaijan in Peace Talks

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills. (Source: Photolure)
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills. (Source: Photolure)

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills. (Source: Photolure)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)— “The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan committed themselves to respect the ceasefire, to put in place important confidence-building measures, and to begin negotiations next month that can lead to a comprehensive settlement,” said Spokesperson for the US Department of State, John Kirby.

“They demonstrated what we believe to be political will to move beyond the status quo and to take steps that can benefit all the people in the region. And so as the Secretary made clear, the United States, for our part, will stand ready to assist them in that regard in whatever way they can,” he said.

The Spokesman said “it was a positive meeting and a step in the right direction. And now everybody has to do the hard work of implementing the things that they committed to.”

The US Ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills said that reports on the Vienna meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan are positive. According to him, the parties’ commitment to the 1994-1995 ceasefire agreements is the greatest achievement.

“The agreement on the implementation of methods to investigate ceasefire violations along the line of contact is an expression of goodwill. The agreement to meet for another round of talks in June is also inspiring,” the Ambassador said.

“The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the government of my country are hopeful that the meeting will produce positive results and will lead to what we all want – comprehensive settlement of the Karabakh issue,” Mills said.

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