Guterres regrets that Armenia and Azerbaijan once again ignore the ceasefire

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UN (Sputnik) – UN Secretary General António Guterres deeply regrets that the parties to the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh are constantly ignoring calls from the international community to abide by the truce, stated the spokesman for the head of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, it’s a statement.

“The Secretary General deeply regrets that the parties permanently ignore the repeated calls by the international community for an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Dujarric said.

The spokesman stressed that in recent contacts with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers it was emphasized that both parties are obliged, in accordance with international humanitarian law, to protect civilians and civil infrastructure.

According to Dujarric, Guterres hopes that Baku and Yerevan respect the truce announced on October 18 and immediately resume peace negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group.

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 in conflict they were accused 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.

On September 27 they exploded again 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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