June 27 2014
U.S. mediator urges Aliyev, Sargsian to agree to meet in Paris on
More frequent deadly shootings in the Nagorny Karabakh conflict zone
are alarming, U.S. Co-Chairman of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group James Warlick said.
The United States is very concerned about this, one life lost is
already a reason for concern and more frequent cases of violence do
not create the atmosphere amid which both parties can work together
successfully for the sake of peace, Warlick said in an interview with
the Voice of America radio station.
A threat exists that the situation could get out of control and lead
to resumption of battles – this is not wanted and measures should be
taken to decrease tension, Warlick said.
The U.S. mediator said he welcomed the appeal of Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov to Azerbaijan and Armenia urging to accept the
proposal of French President Francois Hollande to hold next meeting of
the two conflict countries’ Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsian
The presidents should accept this invitation, he said.
A new stage is needed and it is crucial that the presidents meet and
it is hoped that the two leaders will meet soon, he said.
The U.S.-Russian disagreements on the events happening in Ukraine do
not prevent Washington and Moscow from cooperating constructively in
settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Warlick said.