The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh continues. After the Secretary General, the UN Security Council is now joining the call for peace. UN Security Council calls for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
UN Security Council calls for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
Dead, injured and artillery fire: The UN Security Council has expressed concern about the escalation of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus and has called for an immediate end to the fighting. The council thus joined António Guterres. “The members of the council spoke out in favor of the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate end to the fighting, tensions to be reduced and an immediate return to the negotiating table,” the council wrote in a statement.
The 15 members of the committee had previously discussed the subject behind closed doors. The initiative for this came from Germany and France and was supported by Belgium, Great Britain and Estonia. Niger currently holds the monthly rotating presidency of the most powerful UN body.
Previously, UN General Secretary Guterres had already repeatedly called for an immediate end to the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh – also via video telephone with the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Guterres called for negotiations to be resumed immediately and for OSCE observers to be sent back to the region.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh had escalated after unusually fierce fighting between the warring neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. The region controlled by Armenia with an estimated 145,000 inhabitants belongs to the Islamic Azerbaijan according to international law. It is the worst escalation in decades.
There are fears that the conflict over the disputed region between Azerbaijan and Armenia could worsen through interventions by foreign powers such as Turkey. In the South Caucasus, Turkey competes with Russia for greater influence. Moscow has friendly relations with both sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It maintains a military base in Armenia, but also supplies weapons to Azerbaijan.