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US STATE DEPARTMENT COMMENTS OF ELIZABETH JONES´ REMARKS

YEREVAN, JANUARY 19, ARMENPRESS: The US Department of State responded to a wave of protest of Armenian organizations caused by what they say “highly incendiary” remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones referring to Nagorno Karabagh’s leadership as “criminal secessionists.”

The US Embassy in Yerevan has disseminated a statement from Washington, which says that the US has not changed its policy regarding Nagorno Karabagh. “The US does not recognize Nagorno Karabagh as an independent state and neither its leadership is recognized internationally or by the US. The US defends the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and believes that the future status of Nagorno Karabagh is to be defined in the negotiation process in the frameworks of the OSCE Minsk group. The US continues to actively support the peaceful resolution of the conflict. We are hopeful of the ongoing talks between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers,” the Washington statement says.

According to the Moscow Times, during a video conference the US Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones, in discussing U.S. bi-lateral relations with Russia, called for increased engagement in resolving regional conflicts in the former Soviet Union. The US State of Department statement says that Washington realizes that every conflict is caused by peculiar and unique circumstances.

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