Borrell urges Baku and Yerevan to respect the new truce in Nagorno Karabakh

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, has called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to observe the new ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh.

“I just spoke with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers to convince them that the ceasefire (in Nagorno Karabakh) must be observed by both parties unconditionally,” Borrell said.

The European official also stated that the EU “remains ready to support both parties and the OSCE to achieve a lasting solution to the conflict. ”

From 00:00 this Sunday (GMT + 4) a new humanitarian truce came into force in Nagorno Karabakh, the second in this spiral of hostilities in the area so far. As on the first occasion, on October 10, the parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the armistice.

Yerevan maintains that the enemy launched an offensive in the southern sector this Sunday, near the border with Iran; For its part, Baku denounced Armenian attacks in the areas of Agdara, Fuzuli, Hadrut and Jabrail.

In addition, several explosions were heard during the day in the area of ​​Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno Karabakh, whose soldiers claim to have shot down several Azeri drones.

On September 27, the armed clashes in Nagorno Karabakh, the focus of conflict between Yerevan and Baku since that territory, with a predominantly Armenian population, decided to separate in 1988 from the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.
The hostilities, in which the warring parties used armor, artillery, aviation and missile systems for the first time since the 1992-1994 war, caused hundreds of military casualties and dozens of civilian casualties.

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