Matthew Bryza: Breakthrough On Karabakh Possible During The Meeting

11.05.2009 11:36

"A breakthrough in the negotiations on the Nagorno Karabakh issue may
occur during the meeting of Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in St.

Petersburg," US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and
Eurasian Affairs, US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza
said in an interview with "Echo Moskvi," Interfax reports.

"They have a lot of work to do. But on the other hand, they are moving
step by step. Maybe they have not brought the turning point to the end,
but they have laid the foundation for it, and I hope that in a month,
when they meet in St. Petersburg, the turning point is possible in
the end," Bryza said.

According to him, Russia and the United States are equally suited for
resolving the Karabakh conflict. "I have always said that we have
a complicated relationship with Russia as regards Georgia, but our
relations are good and positive with regard to Karabakh," he said.

According to Bryza, it is necessary to continue solving the problems
connected with Nagorno Karabakh within the framework of the OSCE
Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France.

Regarding the U.S. position on the issue of settlement of this
conflict, Matthew Bryza stressed that the final decision should be
"balanced" in terms of the principles of the Helsinki Act of 1975 like
"self-determination, territorial integrity and non-use of force." "It
is possible to build such a balance, but it is a very difficult task,
that is why the negotiations have been continuing so long," he said.

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