US against spread, use of weapons of mass destruction – ambassador

The US strongly opposes the spread and use of the weapons of mass destruction, including the nuclear weapon, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta told reporters May 11.

Cekuta was commenting on Yerevan's statements that Armenia has a nuclear weapon.

He also recalled that the Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, DC, on March 31-April 1, and both Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan took part in it.

The ambassador said the main point the US President Barack Obama drew attention to at the summit was the prevention of the nuclear weapons' proliferation.

The US stance at the summit once again showed that the country is against the use of the nuclear weapons, no matter where they are, and that is the US official stance, added Cekuta.

Unexploded white phosphorus munitions were found during the searches for unexploded ordnance and their neutralization in Azerbaijan's Terter district, according to a report of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA).

The shells were fired by Armenians at the civilians living in these territories.

Cekuta also said the US urges the sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to come back to the negotiating table.

The ambassador added that he and the OSCE Minsk Group's US co-chair James Warlick have repeatedly stated that Azerbaijan and Armenia must return to the negotiating table, and that they encourage the sides to sign a comprehensive peace agreement.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

Source: Trend