BAKU (Trend)—US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, who is on the last leg of his Caucasus tour, said the President Obama shared his opinion that Armenia should withdraw from the liberated territories surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, as reflected in his joint announcement last month with French and Russian presidents.
“The United States fully supports the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the Madrid principles,” Bryza told journalists. “We have finalized some of the Madrid principles and discussed them at a meeting in Krakow.”
He said that the Russia has also played a constructive role in the Karabakh conflict resolution process.
“Our work in the Minsk Group has always been fair and constructive,” he said.”The Minsk Group has helped the two Presidents bring closer the positions on the issues that will help resolve this conflict.”
In his opinion, the Presidents are close to sign a framework agreement.
“I’m very grateful for the time that we worked together with you, for the respect for the process of the Minsk Group and me personally,” added Bryza who is on his last visit to the region in his current capacity.
Last month he announced that he would be leaving his post as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and on Tuesday, Tbilisi, he announced that Tina Kaidanow, the US Ambassador to Kosovo, would replace him in that capacity.
“The United States and Azerbaijan and their peoples are connected by many interests, including security interests, as well as in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said.
He said that the U.S. is interested in Azerbaijan as an energy supplier to Europe.
“President Obama considers Azerbaijan a very important strategic partner of the United States, and many high-ranking representatives from the U.S. Administration, such as Steinberg and Gordon, have already made visits to the country, he said. – The U.S. Administration will continue the process of strengthening relations and cooperation between our countries. I hope to work in the Caucasus as long as I can, but I have not been appointed ambassador yet.”
“Over these years, the U.S. and Azerbaijan have long and successfully worked on the issues of democracy in Azerbaijan,” he said.