U.S. Department of State: We welcome adherence of sides to the ceasefire

U.S. Department of State

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# 16 September 2022 09:35 (UTC +04:00)

"We welcome the continued adherence of Azerbaijan and Armenia to the ceasefire. We’re continuing to urge the parties to engage in the peace process," said U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price while answering the question at the briefing held regarding the situation in the Azerbaijani and Armenian border, APA reports.

"We urge that a cessation of hostilities be maintained, and we urge the disengagement of military forces and work to resolve all outstanding issues between Armenia and Azerbaijan through peaceful negotiations. Use of force is never an acceptable path, and we are glad that the continued engagement at high levels in Armenia and Azerbaijan has helped the sides reach a ceasefire. We continue to engage and encourage the work needed to reach a lasting peace. Again, there can be no military solution to this.

Ambassador Reeker, our senior advisor has been in the region. He’s now in Vienna meeting with likeminded partners in the OSCE. Assistant Secretary Donfried has been in contact with her foreign minister counterparts in the region. Ambassador Reeker has spoken with President Aliyev. The Secretary, of course, has had an opportunity a couple days ago now to speak to both leaders. I would expect that he will have an opportunity to speak to the leaders again. He has been personally focused on this and will remain engaged going forward," he said.