Pompeo says he hopes Armenia can “defend itself” against Azerbaijan

Pompeo says he hopes Armenia can “defend itself” against Azerbaijan
Pompeo says he hopes Armenia can “defend itself” against Azerbaijan

By Le Figaro with AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. MANUEL BALCE CENATA / AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday (October 15th) that he hoped Armenia could “to defend oneselfAgainst Azerbaijan, seeming to provide support to one of the two camps in conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno Karabakh, of which Washington is nevertheless co-mediator.

«We hope that Armenians can defend themselves against what Azerbaijanis are doingHe told a local radio station in the US state of Georgia. He did not clearly state whether it was a stand in favor of Armenia, limiting himself moreover to calling for respect for a ceasefire and “peaceful discussionsTo end the conflict.

On Wednesday, Mike Pompeo lamented that Turkey had started to “strengthen Azerbaijan“And called on international actors not to intervene in the region so as not to”reinforce the troubles».

So far, the United States has mainly insisted on a diplomatic solution and the call for a truce. Washington is part, along with France and Russia, of the Minsk Group long formed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be the main mediator in this conflict. Hostilities resumed on September 27 in Nagorny Karabakh between separatist forces backed by Yerevan and Azerbaijani soldiers.

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