The United States is deeply engaged in the diplomatic process of normalizing relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan and establishing peace in the region, and continues to seek ways to arrange a new meeting between the foreign ministers and leaders of the two countries. Ambassador Michael Carpenter, US Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stated this when responding to the question of a Turkish reporter as to whether Washington has plans to organize a meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan despite Baku's refusal to participate in such talks with the participation of the French president, the RFE/RL Armenian Service reports.
It's no secret that the US works very closely with its partners in the European Union and also uses the OSCE mechanism, which deployed a needs assessment team on the Armenian side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border at the request of Armenia, but it also very much supports the EU's efforts on the border, Carpenter stressed.
The US objective is clear: it would like to see the border delimited as soon as possible, it would like to see a peace agreement between the two sides as soon as possible so that peace and stability return to the region, human rights and the safety of all individuals living in this region is respected, and that a new chapter is opened in the history of the South Caucasus, said the high-ranking American diplomat.
Obviously, it will take some time to reach that final state, but the US is committed to doing everything it can to achieve that result, Carpenter assured.
Last week, the president of Azerbaijan announced the cancellation of his meeting with the prime minister of Armenia scheduled for December 7 in Brussels, as PM Nikol Pashinyan had expressed his wish that French President Emmanuel Macron also participate in it. Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev claims that France cannot be a mediator in these talks because it is biased.