Escalating Violence Along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Washington, DC - The United States expresses its concern about the escalation of violence along the Line of Contact that resulted in significant casualties on July 31. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed or injured and call on the sides to take immediate action to reduce tensions and respect the cease-fire. There can be no military solution to the conflict. Retaliation and further violence will only make it more difficult to bring about a peaceful settlement.

The United States urges the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet at the earliest opportunity to resume dialogue on key issues. We also call on the parties to accept the proposal from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Chairman-in-Office to enter into negotiations which can lead to the conclusion of a peace agreement. We remain committed to participating in the Minsk Group process and stand ready to help efforts to bring about a lasting settlement.

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