Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden expressed deep concern over the breakdown of the truce and renewed hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The Trump administration must tell Azerbaijan that it will not tolerate its efforts to impose a military solution to this conflict,” Biden said. “It must make it clear to Armenia that the areas surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh cannot remain under occupation indefinitely, and that credible negotiations on a long-term settlement of the conflict should begin immediately after the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement.”
“Finally, the administration must stop pandering to Ankara and demand that Turkey and Iran not get involved in this conflict,” continued the Democratic presidential candidate. A diplomatic settlement will not be easy, but the Trump administration must try. She must do this urgently before more people die and the conflict escalates. “
Donald Trump’s administration has joined forces with Russia and France to achieve a truce in the disputed enclave. Earlier this month, the heads of the three countries’ foreign ministries issued a joint statement condemning recent attacks by both sides, allegedly targeting civilian centers.
The three countries pledged to continue “consistently building up interaction with the parties, urging them to commit themselves without delay to resume the settlement process.”
The United States, which along with Russia and France are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, condemned the violation of the humanitarian ceasefire and once again called on Yerevan and Baku to cease fire immediately.
“The United States calls on Azerbaijan and Armenia to fulfill their commitments to ceasefire and end attacks on civilian areas, [расположенные] in Ganja and Stepanakert. We regret the loss of life and remain committed to a peaceful settlement, ”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday.