US Secretary Hillary Clinton Visit to Armenia & Azerbaijan Press Conference Interview
(Reuters) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a trip to the South Caucasus region on Monday calling on arch rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan to renounce violence that she warned could slip into a broader regional conflict. "I [...] have called on all parties, all actors, to refrain from the use or threat of force," said Clinton speaking to journalists. "There is a danger that it could escalate into a much broader conflict that would be very tragic for everyone concerned." War between ethnic Azeris and Armenians erupted in 1991 over the mostly Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region which broke away from Muslim Azerbaijan with the backing of Christian Armenia as the Soviet Union collapsed two decades ago.Sporadic violence still flares along a ceasefire line negotiated in 1994. Some 30000 people were killed and about 1 million became refugees, the majority in Azerbaijan. Clinton's South Caucasus trip will focus largely on US interests and security in the region criss-crossed by energy pipelines, fraught with territorial disputes and the site of a five-day war between Russia and pro-western Georgia in 2008. ======================================================== Geysar Gurbanov is a human rights activist from Azerbaijan. He advocates for peace, democracy, and human rights in the South Caucasus. Watch other related videos on his YouTube channel (youtube.com Learn more about the South Caucasus at southcaucasus.blogspot.com.