UN Security Council calls for immediate end of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately halt fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and urgently resume talks without preconditions, news wires reported.

The council strongly condemned the use of force and backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ earlier call to immediately stop fighting, deescalate tensions and return to meaningful negotiations without delay.

The council also expressed full support for “the central role” of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has been trying to mediate peace talks, and urged the sides “to work closely with them for an urgent resumption of dialogue without preconditions.”

The two neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan that has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994. International efforts to settle the conflict have stalled, and clashes have been frequent.

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