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UN condemns escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone

  • Published at 12:28 pm October 6th, 2020
Armenia Azerbaijan
Emergencies personnel work in a damaged area of the city of Ganja following a reportedly Armenian rocket strike, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region on October 4, 2020 AFP

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the continuing escalation of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone between Armenia and Azerbaijan despite repeated international appeals for them to immediately stop the fighting, said his spokesman.

Guterres was gravely concerned about reports of the extension of hostilities, including the targeting of populated areas. He reminded all sides of their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure under international humanitarian law, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.

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The secretary-general once again underlined that there is no military solution to the conflict and urged the sides to immediately cease all hostilities. He appealed to all relevant regional and international actors to actively exercise their influence to achieve an urgent end to the fighting and return to negotiations under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs, said the statement, UNB citing Xinhua.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes.

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