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We take note of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh with great relief. We welcome that the ceasefire is so far respected. We call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to keep their commitments. Further bloodshed has to be prevented.
Now it is very important that we help those people that have suffered in the fighting. The displaced populations need to be able to return if they choose to do so. Injured soldiers and civilians have to be evacuated, and bodies returned. Humanitarian assistance has to be delivered to all those in need immediately. Humanitarian access has to be safe, secure and unhindered. The ICRC has an important role to play, as the only organization with access at the moment. I would like to underline our support and our praise for the ICRC. I am very happy that ICRC President Peter Maurer will travel to Moscow to discuss the implementation of the provisions of the ceasefire agreement.
We call on all other parties to be constructive and stop the use of mercenaries. UN human rights experts have today called for the end of the use of mercenaries in the conflict region and expressed their concern about the reported indiscriminate attacks in populated areas.
At the same time, we need to finally find a solution for a lasting and durable peace agreement that would end this long-lasting conflict that flares up every few years. We need a peace agreement once and for all. The Minsk Group and its co-chairs play a key role and have the mandate in reaching a comprehensive settlement. We call on all sides to engage constructively with them.