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Clinton visits Armenia, Azerbaijan

07-05-2010 10:36 BJT

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has visited Armenia and Azerbaijan. She stressed the US is willing to help the two, settle the Nagorno -Karabakh conflict and urged both sides to refrain from violence over the separatist region.

She called on the countries, to look to the Helsinki principles to resolve their conflict, based on territorial integrity and equality of nationalities.

She also stressed the importance of intensive meetings between the presidents. Clinton added the US condemns any use of force and regrets the deaths of servicemen and civilians on both sides.

She said the cease-fire established in 1994 must be preserved, and that the US will continue to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees and those displaced by the conflict.

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, said, "We stand ready to help both Armenia and Azerbaijan achieve and implement a peace settlement. We know this will not be easy, but we think it is the necessary foundation for a secure and prosperous future."

Backed by Armenia, ethnic Armenian separatists seized control of Na-gorno-Kara-bakh from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s in a war that killed around 30-thousand people.

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a cease-fire deal more than a decade ago, but the enclave remains a disputed territory.

Meanwhile, in the Armenian capital Yerevan, Clinton said the US wishes to improve ties with Russia, though they will keep on defending their own political interests.

She said the US and Russian views had moved closer concerning the Iran nuclear and Afghan war. Clinton said she believes it is possible to cooperate without freezing relations.


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