Jones Calls for Peaceful End to Karabakh Conflict

BAKU (Armenpress)–The US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Elizabeth Jones called Monday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue their efforts in search of a peaceful resolution to the Karabakh conflict.

"None of the sides to the conflict should seek a military way for resolving the conflict," Elizabeth Jones said while meeting with Azeri president Haydar Aliyev in Baku on Monday.

Jones arrived in Baku in the second leg of her trip to former Soviet republics of Ukraine–Azerbaijan–Georgia and Armenia. "It is important that the societies of Armenia and Azerbaijan realize the necessity of the conflict’s peaceful settlement," said Jones.

Elizabeth Jones also stated that the leaders of OSCE Minsk group co-chairmen countries–presidents George Bush–Vladimir Putin and Jacque Chirac–believe that the settlement should satisfy both sides. The Minsk group can suggest new ways of settlement–but the main role in the formation of public opinion belongs to the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan–said Elizabeth Jones.

Haydar Aliyev said that despite of his influence in the country he will never force the Azeri people to accept a peace plan–which contradicts the national interests of Azerbaijan. He stated that he can influence the public opinion only in case if the settlement is based on the international legal principles–the main principle being the territorial integrity of the country.

Azerbaijan wants the Karabakh’s conflict to be settled peacefully–said the president of Azerbaijan Haydar Aliyev–speaking at the High Military school in Baku. According to him–the international experience shows that such conflicts should be settled only peacefully."

He also said that "Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity should be re-established."

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