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The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict flared up again on Sunday and threatens to culminate in a war between the two former Soviet republics in the South Caucasus.

After a closed-door session, the 15 members of the UN Security Council issued a statement expressing concern “at reports of large-scale military operations on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh”. The Security Council says it strongly condemns the violence.

“Security Council members support the Secretary General’s call on both sides to stop fighting immediately, de-escalate tensions and resume meaningful negotiations right away,” the statement read.

The special session was arranged at the request of Germany and France, with the support of Estonia, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Since the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reignited over the disputed area, the parties have deployed heavy artillery against each other. There have been deaths on both sides. Many countries have already pushed for a ceasefire.





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