April 4th, 2016 08:53 EST
As Nagorno-Karabakh Violence Flares, Ban Urges Immediate End to Fighting
Deeply disturbed by the recent reports of large-scale ceasefire violations along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all relevant parties to put an immediate end to the fighting and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.
A statement issued by Mr. Ban`s spokesperson said the UN chief is particularly concerned by the reported use of heavy weapons and by the large numbers of casualties, including among the civilian population.
The Secretary-General urges all relevant parties to put an immediate end to the fighting, fully respect the ceasefire agreement and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation, " said the statement.
Mr. Ban through his statement reiterated his full support for the efforts of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group and all parties working to resolve this dangerous situation and pursue a peaceful negotiated settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Nagorno-Karabakh, which was an autonomous region during Soviet times, has been at the centre of a dispute between neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan since they became independent in the early 1990s.
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