State Department: Inflammatory rhetoric damages Karabakh peace process

“As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the US remains committed to helping the parties reach a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Spokesperson for the Department of State Jen Psaki told a daily briefing.

She said “inflammatory rhetoric and statements that run counter our principles raise tensions in the region and damage the peace process.” The comments come after Azerbaijani President Aliyev said that “Armenia’s fate will be very dark if it does not withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“Joint statements by the Minsk Group presidents and co-chair countries from 2009 to 2013 have made clear that a lasting settlement must be based on the core principles of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, particularly with respect to the non-use of force, territorial integrity, and equal rights of self-determination of people. So we call on all sides to redouble their efforts at the negotiation table and to focus on the benefits that peace would bring to people across the region,” Jen Psaki said.

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