Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
US Secretary of State John Kerry is interested in examining ways with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to reduce the violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said during a briefing on Monday.
"The secretary [Kerry] definitely wants to discuss... how we can better lower the tensions there [Nagorno-Karabakh] and deescalate the violence that has sadly continued," Kirby stated. "He wants to explore ways in which we can ratchet down the tension."
The US role in the process, Kirby added, was not about "arbitration or mediation", but is simply driven by a desire to see both sides engage in dialogue, abide by the ceasefire and work towards a comprehensive settlement.
Kerry was scheduled to meet with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan later in the day, Kirby noted, to discuss the fragile security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.