qYerevan, 3 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - A senior U.S. State Department official says only a settlement acceptable to all the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can bring a lasting peace and provide security in the region.
Ambassador at Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Newly Independent States, Stephen Sestanovich, told reporters in Yerevan today that the settlement of the dispute requires compromise from the parties. But he did not elaborate on what that might involve.
Sestanovich heads an inter-agency U.S. delegation that has already visited Tajikistan and Georgia and met with Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian and other top officials earlier today. The delegation includes the U.S. Special Negotiator to the Nagorno-Karabakh talks, Lynn Pascoe.
Sestanovich said no concrete defense and security issues were discussed in relation to resolving the Karabakh conflict. He said the delegation's visit aims to deepen bilateral and regional cooperation among the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries. He also said the visit is in line with Washington's policy of strengthening the independence of states, democratic institutions and market economies."