WASHINGTON—The US Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick took to Twitter to mark the 26th anniversary of the barbaric Azeri pogroms of the Armenian population of Sumgait in 1988.
“We remember Sumgait too. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should support “people to people” projects to establish tolerance and confidence,” said Warlick in his Tweet.
Wednesday marked the 26th anniversary of the pre-meditated pogroms of Armenians in the Azeri city of Sumgait in 1988, days after the Armenian Supreme Soviet approved a measure to unify with Artsakh a week after massive demonstrations in Stepanakert and Yerevan demanded justice for the people of the then Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast.
Warlick has recently used the social networking site Twitter to report on his activities as Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group tasked with resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Earlier this month, encouraged by a decision by the leaders of Cyprus and occupied northern Cyprus to begin negotiations he tweeted “Why can’t this happen for Nagorno-#Karabakh?” prompting questions about whether the US diplomat was calling for Karabakh’s participation in the talks.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic foreign ministry was quickly to reply to Warlick by tweeting the following: “@AmbJamesWarlick We agree that it’s high time for restoration of full-fledged negotiations with direct participation of Nagorno #Karabakh.”
Warlick, who has been very active on Twitter in recent weeks expressing his views and posting updates about meetings with Armenian and Azeri officials, had not immediately responded to clarify his earlier post.