Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – Agencies
US Secretary of State “Mike Pompeo” met with Armenian Foreign Minister “Zahrab Mnatsakyanian” and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister “Jehun Piramov” separately in Washington DC on Friday, and called for an end to the violence in Karabakh.
“Pompeo” stressed the need to end the violence in Karabakh and protect civilians, according to a reading published by the US State Department on its website about the meetings.
“We discussed critical steps to stop the violence in the Karabakh conflict,” Pompeo said in a tweet on Twitter. “Both parties must implement the ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations.”
And he stressed, according to a statement issued by the US State Department, “the need to end violence and protect civilians.”
The minister stressed the importance of the two sides entering substantive negotiations under the auspices of the co-chairs of the “Minsk” Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to resolve the conflict on the basis of the principles of the Final Helsinki Document on the non-use or threat of use of force, territorial integrity, equal rights and the right of peoples to self-determination.
It is reported that clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan on September 27, and despite two cease-fire truces, the war is still going on due to Turkish fueling it and its transfer of Syrian mercenaries from northwestern Syria to Karabakh to fight alongside Azerbaijan.