WASHINGTON, DC - The ANCA held talks this week with senior State Department officials regarding sustainable pathways to a durable and democratic peace between Artsakh and Azerbaijan.
The meeting included the participation of Cheryl Fernandes, Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts, and Andrew Schofer, the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the multilateral body charged with mediating the Artsakh talks.
"The ANCA values our longstanding dialogue with the Department of State on a broad range of issues and - in particular - welcomed this most recent opportunity to discuss the most constructive avenues for the United States to contribute to peace, progress, and prosperity for the citizens of Artsakh and the neighboring states," said ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian following the meeting.
"First and foremost, the U.S. and our OSCE partners - recognizing that progress at the peace table requires stability on the ground - must provide stronger leadership in countering Azerbaijani incitement and aggression. Second, we need to find ways to overcome Baku's irresponsible opposition to the implementation of the Royce-Engel Peace Proposals. And third, the U.S. needs to help restart the stalled peace process by replacing the deeply flawed and clearly failed Madrid Principles with a more durable and democratic approach to peace within the OSCE Minsk Group platform."