2 Oct 2017 17:20

Karabakh mediators to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia this week - U.S. embassy

YERAVAN/BAKU. Oct 2 (Interfax) - New U.S. co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group Andrew Schofer will pay his first visit to Yerevan and Baku this week to meet with local officials, the U.S. embassy to Azerbaijan told Interfax on Monday.

"While in the region, Schofer will also join his fellow Minsk Group co-chairs for high-level meetings," it said.

"The U.S. supports a negotiated settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and will continue to engage actively with the sides as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group," it said.

According to a statement posted on the website of the U.S. embassy to Armenia, "Schofer, as the U.S. Co-Chair, supports the United States' longstanding policy, shared by the Minsk Group Co-Chairs, that a just settlement must be based on international law, which includes the Helsinki Final Act and the principles of the non-use of force or threat of force, territorial integrity, and equal rights and self-determination."