Through Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s administration made a new action in international politics for world peace when it intervened this Friday in the global efforts to stop the armed confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are currently experiencing intense conflicts.
The Secretary of State met separately with Armenia and Azerbaijan’s foreign ministers to talk after two failed attempts by Russia to negotiate a ceasefire. The region is experiencing the most hostile struggle in more than a quarter of a century.
“During separate meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister @ZMnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister @bayramov_jeyhun, we discussed critical steps to halt the violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“Both must implement a ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations.” Mike Pompeo wrote on his Twitter account after the meetings.
During separate meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister @ZMnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister @bayramov_jeyhun, we discussed critical steps to halt the violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Both must implement a ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 23, 2020
According to AP News, Russia has failed in several attempts at negotiating peace between the two countries.
In the face of the Russian failure and having a good track record in such negotiations, the Trump administration is attempting a low-profile U.S. intervention to bring an end to the fighting.
While meetings were taking place in Washington, heavy fighting was going on in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to information provided by AP News.
Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said the city of Martakert and several villages in the Martuni region were hit by Azerbaijani rockets.
The Nagorno-Karabakh area is within Azerbaijani territory but has been under Armenian-backed ethnic force groups’ tutelage since the war ended in 1994.
The recent conflict began on September 27 and marked the worst escalation of violence since the end of the war in 1994. According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, 927 of their troops and more than 30 civilians have been killed.
Armenia is not technically involved in the dispute. However, Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of attacking its cities and towns with artillery and missiles, which has been denied by Armenian authorities.
A spokesman for the State Department statement said: “Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov separately today in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo emphasized the need to end the violence and protect civilians.”
Along with the United States, Russia has co-chaired the so-called Minsk Group created by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to mediate the conflict.
The communiqué also stressed the importance of the parties entering into substantive negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to resolve the conflict based on the Helsinki Final Act principles of non-use or threat of force, territorial integrity, rights of equality, and self-determination of peoples.
The U.S. intervention in the conflict opens a mantle of hope that a firm agreement guaranteeing peace for both nations is negotiated.
Recently, the Trump administration has played a highly successful role in international policy and peace agreements with several Middle East countries.
Just today, the United States celebrated its role in negotiating another historic peace agreement, this time between Israel and Sudan.