Clinton to Visit South Caucasus


WASHINGTON (Reuters)–U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia from July 1 to 5, the State Department said over the weekend.

In Kiev, Clinton will meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who has reached out to Russia since taking office on Feb. 25, and then attend a meeting of the Community of Democracies in Krakow, an intergovernmental group that promotes democratic norms.

After that, Clinton will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan, seeking to promote stability in the volatile South Caucasus region.

Announcing Clinton’s trip, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday that the United States had “invested a great deal of energy” to try to improve relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan and said the visit showed U.S. commitment to try to resolve their conflict.

Clinton ends her trip in Georgia in a gesture of support for the country. Critics have accused President Barack Obama’s administration of improving ties with Russia at the expense of Georgia — a charge that U.S. officials deny.

“The secretary’s trip will be a tangible manifestation of our ongoing commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity,” Crowley told reporters.

Meanwhile, a senior diplomatic source said the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan. The group’s co-chairs–Igor-Popov of Russia, Bernard Fassier of France and Robert Bradtke of the U.S.–will pay a visit to Armenia and Azerbaijan in early July, as arranged at the Armenian-Russian-Azerbaijani presidential meeting in St Petersburg. The mediators will discuss a meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers, Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov, to be held in Kazakhstan.

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  1. F.Munoz CL said:

    Again H. Clinton will go to the South Caucasus just to talk ”pointless matters”, and to fruitlessly defend ‘Georgia’s Territorial Integrity’, because i don’t think that she could offer anything new to solve the Turkey’s blockade of Armenia, or the ”frozen conflicts” (those that are near to boil again, as 2008!). Maybe she’ll talk ”privately” with Aliyev, to adjust some preparation against Iran in the near future via Azerbaijan.
    Furthermore, i don’t think that Clinton could have the time to explain how to put into practice the statement that Obama supported in the G8 summit… because you must have valor to say that you can put in a real practice that G8 idea! (i supose that even them don’t believe in that principles).

  2. john papazian said:

    Why is it America flat out refuses to stand by the worlds first Christian nation? I hope Bill is getting some while the old hag is out of town. Is she going tell us “be patiant,good things come to those who wait”.Well all I can say to her is FOXTROT UNIFORM CHARLIE KILO YULE OSCAR UNIFORM.

  3. Norin Radd said:

    She should stop by Arstakh and make a formal apology for her disgraceful stance against fellow Christians that she is trying to swindle and squeeze using US political muscle in order to push the world’s oldest Christians to make concessions to Muslim aggressors.

    John, I know you’re not surprised at the indifference of our so called fellow American “Christians”, if they gave a damn about anybody but themselves they would have never jumped into the fray in Serbia. While the US was founded on Christian principles, today it is a mindless juggernaut with not cultural or religious values, which is why us Hyes more alert than ever before regarding our people’s fundamental human rights.

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