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Clinton's tough criticisms2012-06-05 14:05
As expected, during the visit to Armenia, the head of the U.S. Department of State discussed the three main topics: the prospects of Armenian-American relations; the political situation in the country after the recent parliamentary elections; the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In particular, this was announced at a joint press conference by Hillary Clinton and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on June 4.
As for the political situation in Armenia and parliamentary elections, at the press conference Hillary Clinton was eloquent and made no secret of her satisfaction. "The U.S. is pleased with the past parliamentary elections in Armenia; and I was glad to hear positive assessments from the international observers, who say the election was carried out successfully", she said.
At the same time she made it clear Armenia should not dwell on it, and the U.S. couldn't help for the further democratic reforms in Armenia. According to her, some violations were recorded during the election, but the U.S. hoped Yerevan would continue improving electoral situation and the next election (presidential election in 2013) would be more transparent.
Karabakh and the Armenian-Turkish relations - different processes
Referring to the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation and settlement of the Karabakh problem, the head of the U.S. Department of State noted the lack of communication between these processes, adding that reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey needed no preconditions. "We've always supported the process of normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey without preconditions. In the end, Armenian-Turkish relations will normalize, which promises a good future for the peoples of both countries", she said.
Note that started in 2008 process of establishing relations between Armenia and Turkey, followed by the signing the protocols in Zurich in 2009, stalled after Ankara has made the ratification of the protocol conditional on the resettlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In this regard, Clinton stressed that the Karabakh conflict and Armenian-Turkish relations were separate processes. In her view, there is no connection between these processes.