The U.S. continuing its role as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group is a clear sign of the country’s commitment to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta.
He recalled that U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Andrew Schofer recently visited Azerbaijan.
“If you go back to a year ago in Washington, there were talks about the reduction of certain positions. The retention of the post of the Minsk Group co-chair is a clear sign of our commitment to helping the parties come together and find a peaceful settlement,” the envoy noted.
Ambassador Cekuta noted that the assistance of $125 million allocated by the U.S. since 1991 to improve the living conditions of Azerbaijani IDPs is only part of the work done in this direction.
“We continue working with Azerbaijan bilaterally to help the country develop, become a stronger and more prosperous place,” he said.
The ambassador reminded that the U.S. special envoy for international energy affairs took part in the ministerial meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council in Baku last week.
“The U.S. has always supported the Contract of the Century and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project. All the issues I mentioned serve the economic development of Azerbaijan. But we’ve worked very hard and continue to work very hard in the context of the Minsk group as well as bilaterally to help the parties find a peaceful solution to this conflict,” he added.