US Ambassador Evans Comments on Jones?s Statement

YEREVAN (Arminfo)–In an interview broadcast by TV Company Armenia–US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans stated–"I know what criminal elemen’s US Assistant Secretary of the State Elizabeth Jones was referring to and do not think the matter concerned Nagorno-Karabakh."

According to the ambassador–the US’s position on Karabagh–which calls for a peaceful settlement to the conflict–remains unchanged. "I have known her for almost 30 years as a professional diplomat and when I first read about her statement–I thought immediately: something is wrong here," commented Evans.

Jones’s intent–according to Evans–is to create closer cooperation between the US and Russia in resolving the conflicts in Abkhazia–Transdnesitria–and Mountainous Karabagh. "I know the geography [of the region] and I don’t think that the matter concerned Nagorno Karabakh–we know what districts and elemen’s she meant," the American diplomat said.

Evans also added that the US has for several years now allocated support to Mountainous Karabagh–and those who misinterpret Jones’s statement are attempting to damage US-Armenia relations.


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