US warns Azerbaijan against attempts to force closure of OSCE Office in Yerevan

The United States has warned Azerbaijan against the attempts to force the closure of the OSCE Office in Yerevan.

“We are very concerned by the situation regarding the OSCE Office in Yerevan,” US Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kate M. Byrnes told the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

“This office, like all OSCE field missions and institutions, is an important element of the work done by this organization to assist participating states with the implementation of their OSCE commitments,” she said.

“Should the Office in Yerevan be forced to close, this will reflect poorly on Azerbaijan and its government’s commitment to the OSCE,” Byrnes warned.

She urged the government of Azerbaijan “to constructively engage in finding a compromise solution as soon as possible that will allow the office in Yerevan to remain open.”

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