Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Armenia on Saturday that the United States has “deep concerns” and seeks protection for Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh as Azerbaijan consolidates control over the territory. .
State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that in a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Mr. Blinken “expressed the United States’ deep concern for the ethnic Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.”
“The United States urges Azerbaijan to uphold its obligations to protect civilians, respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, and ensure that its military complies with international humanitarian law,” Miller said. I emphasized that.”
Blinken has convened three rounds of peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan to ease tensions in Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh, which formed a self-proclaimed independent state in the 1990s.
Azerbaijan sent troops on Tuesday to quickly reconquer the mountainous region. Christian Armenia has accused mostly Muslim Azerbaijan of planning ethnic cleansing, but Azerbaijan promised the United Nations on Saturday that it would protect ethnic Armenians.
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