U.S. Ambassador Kristina Kvien visits an Armenian border checkpoint in Syunik leading to the Lachin corridor

YEREVAN — The new U.S. ambassador in Yerevan, Kristina Kvien, called for the immediate reopening of the Lachin corridor on Friday as she visited Syunik province adjacent to the sole road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

Kvien posted on Twitter photographs of her and Syunik province Governor Robert Ghukasyan standing at an Armenian border checkpoint leading to the corridor that has been blocked by Azerbaijan for the last three months.

“Syunik governor Ghukasyan reported the effects of the ongoing blockage, including the impact on hundreds of separated families,” she wrote. “The Lachin corridor should be opened immediately.”

U.S. Ambassador Kristina Kvien meeting with Syunik Governor Robert Ghukasyan

The United States has repeatedly called on Baku to lift the road blockade that has caused serious shortages of food, medicine and other essential items in Karabakh.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted on the restoration of “free and open commercial and private transit through the Lachin corridor” when he hosted talks between Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s leaders in Munich on February 18.

“We will continue to press this matter,” Louis Bono, the U.S. special envoy for South Caucasus peace talks, told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on Tuesday.

The U.S. State Department spokesman, Ned Price, reiterated on Thursday that Washington will do “everything we can” to support a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

“We’re going to continue to do that by working bilaterally with these countries, trilaterally with Armenia and Azerbaijan, supporting their own efforts at dialogue and diplomacy, but also through all appropriate mechanisms to help these countries themselves conduct the diplomacy and reach the agreements that we hope that they will be able to make,” he said.

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  1. This is an unsatisfactory response by the US State Department. Starving and freezing people is non negotiable and should not be part of a broader plan. 0erhaps the US State Department should learn how to read and review the decision of the International Court of Justice

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