By Harry Tamrazian in Prague
A senior Nagorno-Karabakh official visiting the United States said on Friday that changes in U.S. foreign policy since the September 11 terrorist attacks bode well for the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
“The United States is now trying to eliminate cause of conflicts around the world, not just their consequences,” Naira Melkumian, foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, told RFE/RL by telephone from Washington. “I believe that this is very good for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.”
Melkumian declined to elaborate, citing the confidentiality of the process. Asked about prospects for a Karabakh settlement in the near future, she reiterated Stepanakert’s arguments that a breakthrough in the peace talks primarily depends on the position of Azerbaijan.
While in Washington, Melkumian met with senior officials from the U.S State Department and members of Congress. She said she discussed with them “a broad range of issues,” including continued U.S. government assistance to Karabakh.
On Thursday she visited the RFE/RL office in the U.S. capital to give a talk about prospects for the conflict’s settlement and the situation in the region.