US State Department: Helicopter downing underscores the need to find a peaceful solution to the Karabakh conflict

The November 12th downing of the military helicopter and the subsequent violence underscores once again the need to find a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Jeff Rathke, Director of the Press Office of the US Department of State, told a daily briefing.

“We urge all sides to show restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions along the line of contact. And we also urge the sides to refocus their efforts to negotiate a peaceful and lasting settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As a co-chair of the Minsk Group, the United States remains ready to assist,” he said.

As for the fact that the OSCE monitors have still been unable to visit the helicopter crash site, Rathke said: “We do understand that an OSCE representative may have been refused access to the site. We would refer you to them for further details, but clearly, we see a need to find a peaceful resolution in Nagorno-Karabakh.”

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