Secretary Pompeo welcomed the cessation of hostilities but stressed that this is only the first step towards resolving the conflict.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the cessation of armed clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh and announced additional humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict.
“Since the beginning of the recent fighting, the United States has called for an end to violence and condemned the military escalation, which has resulted in significant casualties, including among the civilian population,” the Secretary of State said in a statement. – We once again express our condolences to the families of the dead and injured and call on all parties to comply with their obligations under international law, including in the humanitarian sphere.”
“The cessation of hostilities is only the first step towards a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiations,” Pompeo stated. – We call on the parties to resume cooperation with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs as soon as possible to find a lasting and sustainable political solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the principles of the Helsinki final act regarding the non-use of force or the threat of its use, territorial integrity, and self-determination and equal rights of peoples. As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains fully engaged in these efforts.”
Pompeo said the United States would provide $ 5 million in humanitarian aid to support the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international organizations to help people affected by the recent fighting. Considering this amount, the humanitarian aid allocated by the United States to Armenia and Azerbaijan since the fiscal year 2019 will amount to more than $ 10 million. About $ 3.9 million was allocated to efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, to help migrants and internally displaced persons, as well as their host communities.
The new aid, provided by the State Department and the US Agency for international development, will support efforts to provide food, medical care, shelter, and other assistance to conflict victims. The Secretary of state also noted the partners’ contribution and called on other states to join this effort.