US Attaches Great Importance to Conflict Resolution Says Lemmon

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Among the main subjects discussed during a recent meeting of the US ambassadors to the region was the Karabakh conflict resolution and the issue of aid to be rendered to the sides to the conflict following the settlement–US Ambassador to Armenia Michael Lemmon said in a Noyan Tapan interview.

The Ambassador went on to say that the United States considers the Karabakh settlement to be of special importance–even more important than the resolution to other conflicts in the South Caucasus.

This is partly explained by the fact that there now seem to be good possibilities of achieving a settlement of this conflict.

At the same time Lemmon emphasized that the United States was not imposing any settlement proposal–considering that specific forms of settlement should be found by the parties to the conflict themselves.

Among other issues discussed during the aforementioned meeting was that of aid to the parties to the conflict following a settlement.

The Ambassador believes that in this sense huge sums could be expected to be allocated by international donors primarily for the restoration of war-damaged areas and the creation of appropriate conditions for the return of refugees and displaced people. Describing it as a very complicated task requiring preparatory work–the Ambassador added that the United States has already launched such preparations. In particular–negotiations are to be held soon with international financial institutions and other possible donors.

Lemmon described as natural the competition between Russia and the US for domination in the region–since both states have their own "legitimate interests" here.

At the same time–the Ambassador underlined that the United States and Russia are of the same opinion regarding the need for establishment of peace in the region.

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