YEREVAN (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Armenia and Azerbaijan on July 4. She appealed to both nations to peacefully settle their longrunning territorial dispute, but there were no outward signs of diplomatic progress.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan in Baku on Sunday.
The dispute between the two former Soviet states risks escalating to warfare and has caused diplomatic problems beyond their borders. Shuttling between their capitals, she told leaders to act quickly to settle the matter.
“The final steps toward peace often are the most difficult, but we believe peace is possible,” Clinton said at a news conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, with her counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov.
She soon made the one-hour flight to Armenia and drove to the presidential palace in Yerevan for a meeting and dinner with President Serge Sargisian, who said the dispute over Nagorno-Karabagh was the single most important issue for his country.