Kerry looking for ways to de-escalate violence in Karabakh

US doesn’t seek to engage in arbitration but merely wants to see both sides of the conflict to engage in dialogue and work towards a comprehensive settlement, Department of State spokesperson John Kirby told a daily briefing, Sputnik News reports.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is interested in examining ways with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to reduce the violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, Kirby said.


“Secretary Kerry definitely wants to discuss… how we can better lower the tensions in Nagorno-Karabakhand deescalate the violence that has sadly continued,” Kirby stated. “He wants to explore ways in which we can ratchet down the tension.”

The US role in the process, Kirby added, was not about “arbitration or mediation”, but is simply driven by a desire to see both sides engage in dialogue, abide by the ceasefire and work towards a comprehensive settlement.

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