YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) – Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the United States is deploring recent attacks on Azerbaijan and is calling for a negotiated solution to the conflict between the two countries.
Pelsoi’s visit to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, with members of the parliament came days after shelling on both sides killed more than 200 soldiers. It was the worst attack in more than two years.
The two ex-Soviet nations are embroiled in a decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but has long been under the control of the Armenian-backed military since the end of the separatist war in 1994.
In a six-week war in 2020, Azerbaijan captured a large part of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and neighboring territories held by Armenian forces. More than 6,700 people died in these conflicts.
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused the other of carrying out the bombing last week.
Pelosi met with Alen Simonyan, the Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, on Sunday and told reporters later that “our next meeting has a special meaning because we focused on security after the deadly illegality of Azerbaijan on the territory of Armenia.
“We strongly condemn these attacks – with our representatives, on behalf of Congress – which threaten the prospects for a very important peace agreement,” he said. “The United States … has long been clear that there is no war solution to the conflict. We continue to closely monitor the situation and we continue to support dialogue, a comprehensive and lasting solution to all problems related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned his comments,
“Pelosi’s baseless and inaccurate accusations against Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” he said in a statement. “We regret to show that Pelosi, who speaks for justice, deliberately did not show any position until today about the Armenian policy of violence against Azerbaijan, the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan until almost “For 30 years, the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis and other heinous crimes committed by Armenians,” the message said.