Baku-APA. The United States reiterates strong support for the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs' work and appreciates their unwavering engagement with the sides to advance a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. U.S., said Daniel Baer, US permanent representative to OSCE, APA reports.
“The United States was alarmed by the escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in April, and concerned about allegations of atrocities,” Baer said in his address to the Permanent Council.
He added that as a Co-Chair country, the United States took immediate steps to reduce tensions. Secretary Kerry took the initiative to organize a 3+2 meeting in Vienna on May 16, recognizing that the joint efforts of the United States, Russia, and France at the highest levels could help the sides stop the violence and advance the peace process.
“The Summit produced tangible results. The sides reaffirmed their respect for the ceasefire, and indeed, the situation along the Line of Contact quieted significantly,” Baer said.
The Ambassador urged the sides to support the expansion of monitoring by the Office of the Chairmanship’s Personal Representative and to work on a proposal to establish an OSCE investigative mechanism.
“The United States supports confidence-building measures and increased dialogue between Armenians and Azerbaijanis that can help stabilize the security situation and create a more constructive atmosphere for negotiations. The United States appreciates the close collaboration of the German Chairmanship and Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Kasprzyk, in supporting the Co-Chairs’ mediation efforts and stabilizing the situation on the ground,” Baer said.
“We share the frustration of the sides that this conflict has gone on far too long. There can be no military solution to this conflict. As a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains deeply committed – as Ambassador Warlick has emphasized this morning – to working with the sides to find a lasting and peaceful resolution to the conflict.