Secretary Kerry's Calls With President Sargsyan of Armenia and President Aliyev of Azerbaijan

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 30, 2016

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. He noted positively that the ceasefire along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact and Armenia-Azerbaijan border has largely held in recent weeks, and urged the Presidents to avoid ‎tensions to advance the peace process.

Secretary Kerry asked the Presidents to fulfill the commitments, including implementation of the two confidence building measures, they made at the May 16 meeting in Vienna, Austria, and the June 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Secretary also reiterated the United States’ support for substantive talks that can lead to a comprehensive settlement, and urged the Presidents to continue their dialogue under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.