The US remains deeply concerned about the continued closure of the Lachin corridor, specifically its closure to commercial, humanitarian, and private vehicles, Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of State Vedant Patel said at a daily briefing.
“The halting of this kind of humanitarian traffic worsens the humanitarian situation and undermines the efforts that have been in place to build confidence in the peace process. And so we urge the Government of Azerbaijan to restore free transit of commercial, humanitarian, and private vehicles through this corridor. We’re also aware that the UN Security Council has a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh, and we expect further discussions to take place there as well,” the Spokesperson said.
QUESTION: What is the U.S.’s position on that very issue at the UN? Do you have any message to send out to both sides?
Asked about the US position on the issue at the UN Security Council, Patel said: “I’m not going to get ahead of the meeting. But we have consistently emphasized and reiterated the fact that direct dialogue is essential to resolving this longstanding conflict, and we think that any engagements that ultimately bring peace and stability to the people of South Caucasus would be a good thing and a positive step forward.”