During the briefing of the US Permanent Representative to the OSCE, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Michael Carpenter, the journalist asked:
“Recently some estimates were voiced by State Department high-ranking officials suggesting that the upcoming several weeks may be crucial for the Armenian and Azerbaijani peace negotiations. May I ask what place does the issue of the unsolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict take in these negotiations, and particularly what international involvement (inaudible) should be considered for securing the safe return of Armenian population to NK?”
Michael Carpenter noted that United States, have consistently said that we would like to see a normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. "We have supported a number of talks over the course of the last year between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Secretary Blinken has been personally involved in this effort to try to find a peace agreement that would pave the way for normalization of relations, open communications, and trade throughout the region, which we think is in the interests of all countries in the South Caucasus," Carpenter said and added:
"We will continue to support and offer our good offices for meetings between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Ultimately, it’s up to the parties, of course, to avail themselves of those good offices or those offers of mediation to support their efforts to reach a normalization agreement, but we will continue to do this. And as for the international principle of safe and dignified return of refugees and sustainable reintegration, of course, we will support that as well."