US offers to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan

During separate calls with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Blinken stressed that the two countries had a “historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region”, according to a statement from the Department of Health. ‘State.

The US Secretary of State has “offered the assistance of the United States to facilitate the connection of transportation and communication systems” of the two countries, said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

MM. Aliyev and Pashinyan met in May as part of European Union mediation. Their foreign ministers then held their first direct talks since the war in mid-July in Tbilisi, Georgia.

After a first war that killed more than 30,000 people in the early 1990s, Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed in the fall of 2020 for control of Nagorny Karabakh, a mountainous region which, supported by Yerevan, had made secession from Azerbaijan.

More than 6,500 people have been killed in this new war. As part of a Moscow-brokered ceasefire agreement, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it controlled.

Russia, increasingly isolated on the international scene due to its invasion of Ukraine, regards the Caucasus as its backyard.

Ned Price specified that the United States was ready to discuss with “partners who share their values” to promote peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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