Kuwait News Agency
Aug 2 2014

US calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

02/08/2014 | 09:01 AM | World News

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (KUNA) -- Following the deaths of 8 Azeri soldiers
on Friday along the Armenian border, the US said it is "concerned
about the escalation of violence" around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian-backed separatists seized the area from Azerbaijan in the
1990s during a bloody conflict. There has been a ceasefire in place
since 1994.

"We extend our condolences to the families of those killed or injured
and call on the sides to take immediate action to reduce tensions and
respect the cease-fire," said State Department Deputy Spokesperson
Marie Harf.

"There can be no military solution to the conflict. Retaliation and
further violence will only make it more difficult to bring about a
peaceful settlement." She added the US "urges the Presidents of
Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet at the earliest opportunity to resume
dialogue on key issues," and called on the two countries "to accept
the proposal from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office to enter into negotiations which can
lead to the conclusion of a peace agreement." Harf further assured all
parties that the US is committed to the Minsk Group process, which is
also chaired by France and Russia, and is "ready to help efforts to
bring about a lasting settlement."


From: A. Papazian