Pompeo calls for an end to hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Pompeo calls for an end to hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The US Secretary of State believes that a diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible, but the Armenian Prime Minister expressed a different point of view

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins other world leaders in calling for an end to fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

However, the Prime Minister of Armenia said on Wednesday that he does not see the possibility of a diplomatic settlement at this stage of the conflict..

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has published a video, which, according to it, shows how Azerbaijani artillery shells the positions of the Armenian armed forces in the conflict over the disputed mountainous territory.

The worst clashes in decades, which began on September 27, have left several hundred people dead, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis.

Secretary of State Pompeo joined other world leaders on Wednesday calling for an end to the conflict.

“We, like almost all European countries, still believe that the right path is through ending the conflict and de-escalation,” said Pompeo. – All countries should remain on the sidelines, not adding fire to this conflict, not supplying weapons, not providing support. And it is at this stage that a diplomatic solution, acceptable to all, can potentially be reached “.

Pompeo invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to hold separate meetings with him at the State Department on Friday, saying he wants to hear what they see on the ground..

However, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in his Facebook address to the country on Wednesday dismissed all hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough..

“We must realize that the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, at least at this stage and from this stage, will not have a diplomatic solution for a long time,” Pashinyan said..

For his part, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that in order to end hostilities, Armenian forces should be withdrawn from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Also on Wednesday, Turkey said it would not hesitate to send troops and provide military support to Azerbaijan if requested..

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