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We thank USG DiCarlo for her briefing. We have received many conflicting messages, reports and claims coming out of the region. It is important to establish the facts.
We are gravely concerned about the massive clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia along the entire Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. This is the greatest escalation of violence between the parties in more than 25 years.
We urgently call on both sides to immediately stop all acts of fighting, especially the shelling of villages and cities. We support the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate ceasefire.
Both sides must now return to dialogue and substantive negotiations. We urge Azerbaijan and Armenia to use the existing direct communication channels between them as well as those established by the OSCE Minsk Group.
We also call on neighboring states to play a more constructive role in this regard and avoid everything that could further raise tensions.
We believe that conflict resolution in this case must be based on the Helsinki-Principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity and self-determination, and on the Madrid Principles.
Chancellor Merkel underlined these points in her telephone calls with PM Pashinyan and President Aliyev. We believe that these points are very important.