Nagorno–Karabakh conflict: EU welcomes joint announcement of humanitarian ceasefire by Armenia and Azerbaijan

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On 18 October, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said that the EU welcomed the joint announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire by Armenia and Azerbaijan, scheduled to start at midnight (local time) on 17 October. This announcement was made following the mediation efforts by the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, in coordination with the other OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

“The EU deplores that, unfortunately, violations continue, with reported fighting in and around Nagorno–Karabakh. This leads to more civilian suffering,” stressed Mr Borrell. “It aggravates the conflict between states and respective societies, rendering the healing of wounds even more difficult.”

Borrell added that the conflict has led to extensive and unacceptable civilian casualties, stressing that “[t]he EU strongly condemns all such attacks irrespective of their origin”.

In his call with the ministers of foreign affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the EU High Representative stressed that “the ceasefire should be unconditional and strictly respected by the two sides”.

“I have also underlined that attacks on civilians should stop immediately,” added Borrell. “They cannot be justified. I have reiterated that the EU remains ready to support the parties and the OSCE in a long-term solution to the conflict.”

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Read Borrell’s full statement