U.S. calls for full restoration of free movement through Lachin corridor, including commercial and private travel


YEREVAN, JANUARY 25, ARTSAKHPRESS. The United States has “various concerns” in relation to the Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations process and one of these concerns pertains to the Lachin Corridor, according to U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The United States is calling for the full restoration of free movement through the Lachin corridor, including commercial and private travel, Price said at a press briefing.

Speaking at a press briefing, Price highlighted the importance of direct dialogue for solving issues.

“Well, we don’t go into it with a conclusion. We go into it hoping to see direct dialogue – direct dialogue leading to a resolution of the issues that have long divided Armenia and Azerbaijan – and through that dialogue, hopefully reaching a lasting peace. We’re continuing to engage in direct discussions with Armenia and Azerbaijan. We’re doing that bilaterally; we’re doing that with partners; we’re doing that through multilateral institutions. We’ve had an occasion to do that trilaterally a couple times last year as well. We are going to do what is most effective to bring about a resolution to these very thorny issues,” Ned Price said when asked what’s Secretary Blinken’s take on how he envisions the process moving forward and what his conclusion is.

Addressing the blocking of the Lachin Corridor, the U.S. State Department spokesperson once again expressed concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Nagorno Karabakh.

“We have a good sense of the state of play. We have various concerns. Let me just state, on the topic of those concerns, our concerns regarding the Lachin corridor. We are concerned that the situation there is worsening; the worsening humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh has been a focus of not only the Secretary but others in this building. Ongoing obstruction of normal commercial and private travel along the Lachin corridor is causing shortages of food, fuel, and medicine for the residents who depend on the corridor for those very basic supplies. Periodic disruptions to natural gas and other basic utilities exacerbate the worsening humanitarian situation. We call for the full restoration of free movement through the corridor, including commercial and private travel. We believe we need a solution to this impasse that will ensure the safety and well-being of the population living in the area, and we believe the way forward is, as I said before, through negotiations. We remain committed to supporting a lasting peace,” Price said when asked if the Secretary has a clear understanding of where the negotiation process is stalled at this point.

The Lachin Corridor is blocked by Azerbaijan since December 12, 2022.

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