US Ambassador to Azerbaijan: "It is time to settle all conflicts in the Caucasus"

"US vice president Dick Cheney said during his visit to Azerbaijan that it is the most favorable and important moment for the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. He announced that the United States support the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the conflict should be settled by this principle, but naturally, considering international and diplomatic experience", she told reporters Tuesday.

The ambassador noted that the United States had been active in the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict and "it will further continue being active".

"As you know, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza is visiting the region, tomorrow he will arrive in Baku and hold talks in this direction", said Derse.

She also noted that the independent and sovereign states, existing in the Caucasus, have a right to define their future independently. This is a long-term position of the United States, which remains changeless.

"Official Washington wants to see the Caspian and South Caucasus region as developing, stable and democratic regions in the world".

Speaking of the Caucasus security platform, the diplomat said there is no news in this direction and "this idea is in process of formation and we are just watching this process".

As regards the announcement about inclusion of the South Caucasus into the influence area of definite countries, the ambassador noted that the United States do not believe or accept such statements.

[Source: Today AZ, Azerbaijan, 16Sep08]

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