Matthew Bryza: “Armenia has occupied Azerbaijani territories. It should leave these lands”

“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main obstacle to the economic development and security of the region. Armenia has occupied the territories of Azerbaijan. It should leave these lands and find a common language. “

It was stated by former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, former OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Matthew Bryza during his visit in Baku.

He told that a framework agreement on the settlement of the conflict has been in operation for 10 years.

“These are the Madrid principles, which must be followed to the end. However, this is impossible without the personal contributions of the presidents of the United States and Russia. When I was the co-chairman, there was such a moment when we were able to move forward. Because our President George Bush and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid attention and contributed to this issue. In addition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov creatively approached this issue. This stimulated the need for creative thinking. Now, there is no policy not only in connection with the South Caucasus, but also in general, in connection with world issues” he said.

M. Bryza believes that there will be no progress in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict unless the US and Russia contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

According to Bryza, the United States and Russia should bring this issue to the agenda of bilateral relations. “Now there is no connection between these countries. The co-chairs will come, look for ways of resolving and hold negotiations. But there will be no progress unless what I have said is fulfilled” he said.

The analyst added that the US does not actively operate in the Caspian region. In his opinion, the main interest of the United States in the Caspian region is its stability and cooperation in the energy sphere.


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