The United States is deeply concerned about continued attacks along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at a press briefing.
“We are deeply concerned about continued attacks along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. We’ve seen continued attacks now for a second straight day. We are particularly disturbed by continued reports of civilians being harmed inside Armenia”, Ned Price said.
He reminded that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, shortly after hostilities, had an opportunity overnight to speak to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan. “He conveyed our deep concern over military actions along their shared border, including reports of shelling inside Armenia. He urged President Aliyev to cease hostilities immediately, to disengage military forces, to pull forces back from the border, and to cease hostilities that could endanger civilians, and to work to resolve all outstanding issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan through peaceful negotiations”, he said. “We’ve made clear, in this context and before, to both leaders and at all levels that there can be no military solution to this dispute. And we’ve urged both sides to refrain from further military hostilities and to engage in dialogue and diplomacy”.
He said that US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassador Reeker is still in Baku, met with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev yesterday. “Assistant Secretary Donfried of our Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs spoke earlier this afternoon with Foreign Minister Bayramov of Azerbaijan. And we remain committed to doing all we can to promote a peaceful and prosperous future for the South Caucasus”, Ned Price stated.