John Kerry was recently sworn in as the new Secretary of State under Obama. During his confirmation hearing, he was asked a number of questions regarding the Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. While of course he couldn’t say anything that broke with the stance coming from the White House, his answers still had significance. One political analyst finds his appointment favorable for Armenia.
Regarding the Genocide, he expressed how the US “acknowledges and mourns as historical fact that 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths….” While he doesn’t use the word “genocide,” he does use the 1.5 million death count that is promoted by Armenia and not the 600,000 death count promoted by Turkey.
Regarding Azerbaijan, Kerry reiterated that the US condemns any action that increases tension in the Caucuses, including freeing Safarov and threatening to shoot down planes.