U.S., ARMENIA THINK NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT SHOULD BE RESOLVED …
Interfax News Agency
July 15 2008
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice have discussed prospects for the Nagorno-Karabakh
settlement in Washington.
It was noted that the problem can be settled only through talks,
which are held within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, the
press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.
Speaking about prospects to normalize relations between Armenia
and Turkey, Nalbandian confirmed that Armenia is ready to establish
diplomatic relations with Turkey without preliminary conditions and
to open the Armenian-Turkish border and informed Rice about Armenian
moves in this direction, the press service said.
The Armenian foreign minister also noted that Yerevan attaches much
importance to expanding relations with the United States.
Nalbandian hailed U.S. governmental programs aimed at developing
various industries in Armenia and the U.S. assistance amounting
to about $1.9 billion provided to Armenia for the period of its
The U.S.-Armenian Joint Action Plan on Combating Smuggling of Nuclear
and Radioactive Materials was also signed within the framework of
the visit, the press service said.