Karabagh Asks Azerbaijan to Maintain Ceasefire

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–The Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) Foreign Ministry expressed its concern last week over frequent ceasefire violations along the contact line between the Armenian and Azeri armed forces. The statement blamed the incidents on increasingly hostile statemen’s made by top Azeri government officials.

The statement said that the ceasefire violations have increased casualties along the contract line–led to mutual distrust–and could possibly escalate tensions in the Karabagh conflict zone–threatening the stability in the entire region.

"The Nagorno Karabagh republic confirms its adherence only to the peaceful settlement of the conflict–as well as its readiness to implement the sides’ open-ended obligations to maintain the cease-fire–which is confirmed by the 6 February 1995 agreement signed between the defense ministers of the Nagorno-Karabagh–Armenia–and Azerbaijan. We call on the two other parties that signed the agreement–namely Azerbaijan and Armenia–to join our initiative.

"We hope that through joint efforts and with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen and other international mediators and interested sides–it will be possible to confirm our adherence to the agreement and implement the mechanisms it indicates in order to localize incidents on the armed forces’ contact line," the statement said.

MKR confirmed its position that along with the strict observance of the ceasefire–other preconditions for a peaceful solution are a peace process that involves all the parties to the conflict–confidence-building–strengthening of democracy–and respect for human rights.

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