Մատչելիության հղումներ

Trump Claims Progress Towards Karabakh Truce


U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, October 23, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of “really good progress” made in international efforts to stop the war over Nagorno-Karabakh after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in Washington on Friday.

Reuters reported that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Pompeo for about 40 minutes. Moments after he left, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian arrived for his meeting.

Pompeo tweeted after the separate talks that he discussed with Mnatsakanian and Bayramov “critical steps to halt violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” “Both [sides] must implement a ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations,” he wrote.

Pompeo did not report any fresh Armenian-Azerbaijani agreements that effect.

The U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, said separately that Pompeo believes a Karabakh settlement should be based on “the Helsinki Final Act principles of the non-use or threat of force, territorial integrity, and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples.”

U.S. - U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian in Washington, October 23, 2020.
U.S. - U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian in Washington, October 23, 2020.

According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Mnatsakanian told Pompeo that Azerbaijan is unwilling to respect ceasefire agreements and is seeking a military solution to the Karabakh conflict. He also condemned Turkey’s military support for Azerbaijan.

For his part, Bayramov was reported to brief Pompeo on Azerbaijan’s “just position” and Armenia’s “destructive policy” on the Karabakh conflict.

Meanwhile, Trump said Washington is “working with Armenia” with regard to de-escalating the conflict.

“We have a very good relationship with Armenia,” Trump told reporters at the White Hose. “They are very good people, they are so dedicated. They are incredible people, and we will see what happens.”

“I think really good progress is being made with respect to that,” he said. “We have a lot of people living in this country originally from Armenia. They are great people and we’re going to help them.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Thursday that the U.S. will assist Russia in its efforts to get the conflicting parties to respect a ceasefire agreement that was brokered by Moscow on October 10.

U.S. -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov to discuss the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, at the State Department in Washington, October 23, 2020
U.S. -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov to discuss the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, at the State Department in Washington, October 23, 2020

The U.S. Russia and France have been leading international efforts to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in their capacity as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. They have repeatedly issued joint statements calling for an immediate end to the hostilities.

The hostilities continued unabated on Friday, with both sides reporting heavy fighting at various sections of the “line of contact” around Karabakh.

Karabakh’s Armenian-backed army said it continued to repel Azerbaijani attacks on its frontline positions south of the disputed region. The Defense Army released the names of 27 more Armenian soldier killed in action, raising to 924 the total number of combat deaths within its ranks.

The Azerbaijani army has still not disclosed its combat casualties.

Nagorno-Karabakh - Firefighters try to extinguish fire in Stepanakert caused by shelling, October 23, 2020.
Nagorno-Karabakh - Firefighters try to extinguish fire in Stepanakert caused by shelling, October 23, 2020.

There were also reports of continued shelling of civilian areas on either side of the “line of contact.”

In particular, Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert came under Azerbaijani rocket fire for the first time in four days. Local authorities said the rocket strike destroyed several buildings and shops and damaged a gas pipeline.

“The Defense Army will strike back shortly,” a Karabakh official said following the late-night shelling.

XS
SM
MD
LG