Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. “The 20th anniversary of the ceasefire is nearing. I consider that it is necessary to find the way of peace and development in the region,” said U.S. co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick in Azerbaijan, APA reports.
According to him, it is high time for OSCE Minsk Group and its co-chairs to work together with Azerbaijan, Armenia and other countries of the region and to take necessary steps towards the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Asked whether he recognizes the fact of the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories the diplomat said: “I’m here to listen to all the sides and understand the situation better. I’m not here because of the past, I’m here to look forward and resolve the conflict.”
Noting that he is looking forward to working with his Russian and French colleagues, Warlick stressed that his work will be based on realism and pragmatism so that both parties can find the solution: “This conflict has been going on for more than 20 years, many people have tried to help solve the problem. I hope that all parties realize that the achievement of lasting peace is in their interests.”
This is the first visit of James Warlick to Azerbaijan and the region in capacity of the U.S. co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group.