PACE President calls for respect of ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt has called on both sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to honour the ceasefire and swiftly resume negotiations.
"I am extremely worried at the reports of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and deeply saddened at the loss of life yesterday," Agramunt said on Sunday, April 3, according to the PACE's official website.
"I call on both sides to honour the ceasefire and swiftly resume negotiations towards a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."
Recalling that both Armenia and Azerbaijan committed themselves, when joining the Council of Europe in 2001, to use only peaceful means for settling their conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Agramunt urged both governments to refrain from using violence and welcomed the news of a unilateral ceasefire reportedly announced by the Azeri authorities.
Agramunt also called for "the withdrawal of all Armenian armed troops from occupied Azerbaijani territories in compliance with the UN Security Council resolutions."
As UNIAN reported earlier, heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus.