UN Prime Minister Antonio Guterres called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect the new ceasefire on Sunday, accusing them of attacking civilians over the conflicting Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Guterres picked out one of the most deadly attacks on civilians so far when a missile attacked a residential area in Azerbaijan’s second largest city, Guterres, killing 13 people, including children, on Saturday. It was.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire from midnight, but accused each other of violating the ceasefire on Sunday.
A statement by UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephan said, “The tragic loss of civilians, including children, from a recently reported strike in the city of Ganja is similar to indiscriminate attacks on densely populated areas. It’s totally unacceptable. ” Dujaric.
“The Secretary-General notes the latest announcement regarding the start of the humanitarian ceasefire on October 18, and hopes that the parties will fully comply with this promise and resume substantive negotiations without delay. “
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been involved in a fierce conflict over Karabakh since the Yerevan-backed Armenian separatists took control of the mountainous region during the war in the 1990s and killed 30,000 people.
The Declaration of Independence of the region has not been recognized by any country, including Armenia, and is still part of Azerbaijan under international law.
The fighting that broke out three weeks ago, the most intense since the 1994 ceasefire, threatens to draw in Russia, which has a military alliance with Turkey and Armenia in support of Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire last Saturday after an 11-hour meeting mediated by Mr. Lavrov in Moscow, after which they both accused each other of violating the agreement.
A new ceasefire was announced on Saturday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the phone with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts and called on his side to monitor the ceasefire arbitrated a week ago.
Russia, France and the United States belong to the Minsk Group, which has attempted to help resolve conflicts under the umbrella of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).