Evans Says US Committed to Help Armenia Azerbaijan Resolve Karabagh Dispute

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–In an online interview to the Armenian weekly "Yerkir," US ambassador to Armenia John Evans–commented on the United States’ role in the Karabagh conflict settlement–as well as whether the US State Department’s support of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is a hindrance to its settlement.

"All states recognize the territorial integrity of states as a basic principle of international law. At the same time–the United States is committed to working with both Yerevan and Baku to seek an equitable resolution of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict–on the basis of this and other relevant principles. A settlement will indeed require significant compromises by both sides," he said.

Speaking about the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group–Evans said–"The US Government fully supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to find a peaceful–mutually acceptable resolution to the problem. A lasting settlement will help foster security and economic progress for all parties. We are also committed to seeking the normalization of relations and the opening of the border between Armenia and Turkey." He added that the international community is not inclined to impose a solution–but "stands ready to support any just and reasonable settlement reached by the two sides."

In response to a question about the main obstacle to developing a favorable investment climate in Armenia–Evans said that a stable environment is necessary to attract foreign investors. "When foreign investors look at Armenia–they want to see opportunity for economic growth and stability in the business climate. Right now–they see the opportunity for growth–but the business climate still looks rather risky," he said. Evans also said the appearance of favoritism and corruption in the business environment–as well as the unresolved nature of the conflict in Karabagh leads foreign investors to fear that they may not be competing in a fair market place.

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