YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 25. ARMINFO. Although the US advocates a state’s territorial integrity everybody admits that Karabakh cannot be given back to Azerbaijan, US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans said while speaking in Berkeley University, CA.
If Baku and Yerevan draft a plan of action to settle the Karabakh conflict everybody will assist them in effecting it. If they reach agreement nobody will be able to prevent it. Today there is some ground for optimism – neither party is holding elections, a situation that always contains some risk.
As regards Elizabeth Jones’ statement Evans said that her phrase “criminal separatist” did not concern Karabakh. He noted that Jones has already apologized to the Armenian government for her words.
Commenting on the statement of Azeri DM press secretary Ramiz Melikov that there will be no single Armenian in the world in 25 years Evans said that this is an aggressive statement. US officials are often there to prevent such problems. Evans said that one of Washington’s key tasks is to ensure stability in the South Caucasus. This region needs no more wars, he said.