US Diplomat in Baku Urges Fresh Armenian-Azeri Summit

BAKU (Eurasianet)–A top US diplomat is in Azerbaijan to build fresh momentum for a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement.

In Baku, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza pressed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday to hold a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. Direct presidential talks are widely viewed as necessary to kick-start the stalemated Karabakh peace process.

"I hope the next meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents will take place within the framework of ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit on May 7-8," the APA news agency quoted Bryza as saying during a news conference.

Bryza also conveyed of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s support for the Minsk Group that spearheads Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the news site reported. Bryza co-chairs the group along with Bernard Fassier of France and Yuri Merzlyakov of Russia.


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