U.S. Calls for Peace and Unrestricted Humanitarian Access in Nagorno-Karabakh
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has held discussions with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, emphasizing the necessity for Azerbaijan to avoid further conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The U.S. representative highlighted the importance of ensuring unrestricted humanitarian access to the region. Blinken urged President Aliyev to provide assurances to the Nagorno-Karabakh residents regarding their safety and the protection of their rights. A proposal was also made for the Azerbaijani leader to commit to a widespread amnesty and allow an international observer mission in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Blinken acknowledged President Aliyev’s public pledges to foster a future for all living in Nagorno-Karabakh, which would be based on peace, mutual understanding, and respect. These discussions indicate a strong commitment from the United States towards ensuring peace and stability in the region.
Reiteration of the Discussion by State Department Spokesperson
In a press briefing, Matthew Miller, the spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, reiterated the content of this discussion. He emphasized that Blinken conveyed to President Aliyev the urgency of preventing further hostilities, offering unconditional protection and freedom of movement for civilians, and allowing unrestricted humanitarian access to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Mentioning the response from President Aliyev, Miller noted that the Azerbaijani leader assured that there would be no more military action and agreed to the suggestion of an observer mission. Miller expressed expectations that President Aliyev would follow through with his commitments, marking an important step in the peace process.
International Observer Mission: A Topic of Discussion
On the subject of the exact procedure for international monitors in the region, Miller stated that it is currently a topic of discussion with allied nations and partners in the region. The deployment of an international observer mission in Nagorno-Karabakh would be a significant milestone in ensuring peace and stability in the region. This mission would help monitor the situation on the ground and ensure compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights standards.
This move would also facilitate the provision of necessary humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflict. It would act as a deterrent for any potential violations and help establish a climate of trust and confidence among the parties involved.
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The discussions between U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev highlight the active role played by the United States in promoting peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. While the commitment from Azerbaijan to avoid further conflict and allow unrestricted humanitarian access is a positive step, the successful implementation of these promises is crucial. The discussions about an international observer mission and the necessity of widespread amnesty point towards a potential path to lasting peace in the region.
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