UN Secretary-General: A Full-Scale Conflict Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Would Be A Disaster
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seriously concerned about the growing tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to a Monday briefing by the official representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric.
"The UN Secretary-General is following the tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia with deep concern," Dujarric said. "He calls for maximum restraint on both sides. A full-scale conflict between the two countries would be a disaster."
Dujarric explained that UN representatives "had contacts at various levels with representatives of both countries" to urge them to de-escalate.
The situation on the border of the two States escalated on July 12. Azerbaijan declared an attempt by the Armenian armed forces to attack the positions of the Republic's army using artillery, while Yerevan called the attempt to break through from the Azerbaijani side the reason for the aggravation. Baku reported that twelve Azerbaijani army soldiers have been killed since Sunday. Yerevan said four soldiers were killed and ten wounded. On July 17, Baku and Yerevan reported that the situation on the border is relatively calm.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region announced its secession from the Azerbaijani SSR. During the 1992-1994 armed conflict, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorny Karabakh and seven surrounding areas. Since 1992, negotiations have been underway for a peaceful settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, which is chaired by Russia, the United States, and France.