All 15 UN Security Council states signed an appeal to Armenia and Azerbaijan to get back to the Negotiating table.
The UN Security Council called for an “immediate” hostilities cessation in Nagorny Karabakh. All the 15 states forming the Council body distributed this statement on Tuesday, September 29, in New York. The parties to the conflict were being urged getting back to the negotiating table and continue cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Minsk Group.
As the Security Council emphasized, the UN is alarmed by “information about large-scale military operations along the demarcation line in the conflict zone in Nagorny Karabakh” and “condemns the use of violence.”
Earlier on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. She called on the parties for an immediate ceasefire and also named the OSCE Minsk Group a suitable platform for resolving disputes.
The OSCE Minsk Group was established in 1992 to search for ways of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It includes Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Turkey; it is co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States.
A new outbreak of fighting for Karabakh
Fighting for Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed on September 27 after Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation on the line of contact, announcing a “counteroffensive” to “suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the civilian population safety.”
Experts fear further conflict escalation in the region and Turkey and Russia getting involved in the Karabakh war. Together with the Russian Federation, Armenia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). At the same time, Turkey openly declared its support for Azerbaijan.
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