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 Tuesday, September 19 2017 14:22
Naira Badalyan

Andrew Schaffer: in the end, the responsibility for peace in Karabakh  is borne by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan

Andrew Schaffer: in the end, the responsibility for peace in Karabakh  is borne by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan

ArmInfo. The United States supports the settlement of the Karabakh conflict through negotiations and as a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group will continue to  work actively with the parties. This was announced on September 19 by  the newly appointed OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair, Andrew Schaffer, in an  interview with the Armenian service of Radio Azatutyun.

 According to the co-chairman, the long-standing US policy in the established  format of the Minsk Group co-chairs is that a just settlement should  be based on international law, which includes the Helsinki Final Act  and the principles of non-use of force or threat of force,  territorial integrity, equality and self- determination of peoples.  However, in the end, as the American co-chair emphasized, the  responsibility for peace lies with the presidents of Armenia and  Azerbaijan.

"I look forward to working with my co-chairs, Ambassador Popov  (Russia) and Ambassador Visconti (France), as well as Personal  Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Ambassador Kasprzyk,  especially I expect meetings with other co-chairs and foreign  ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York, later this week. We  hope that these meetings will provide the basis for the resumption of  negotiations at the highest level, "said Andrew Schaeffer.

Note that in late August, the US Andrew Schaefer officially appointed  new permanent co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. According to the US  Department of State, Washington remains committed to the work of the  Minsk OSCE Group and will continue to help the parties of the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  the conflict to reach a peaceful  settlement, supports a just settlement of the conflict on the basis  of international law, and Andrew Schaeffer will help the parties  achieve this goal.

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