France, Russia and US call for ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh – Joint statement by the foreign ministers of France and Russia and the Secretary of State of the United States, Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, calling for a ceasefire

Paris, 5 October 2020

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of State of the United States of America Michael R. Pompeo, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented and dangerous escalation of violence in and outside of the Nagorno-Karabakh zone.

The ministers stress unconditionally that recent attacks allegedly targeting civilian centres – both along the Line of Contact and on the territories of Azerbaijan and Armenia outside the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone – and the disproportionate nature of such attacks constitute an unacceptable threat to the stability of the region.

Recalling the 1 October statement of the heads of State of the three Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, the ministers call once again upon the conflicting parties to accept an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. The co-chairing countries are determined to exercise fully their mandate, entrusted to them by the OSCE and the international community, with the contribution of the Minsk Group capitals. As such, they will firmly continue to advance their engagement with the sides, and urge them to commit now to resuming the settlement process on the basis of existing core principles and relevant international documents well-known by both parties./.

Nagorno-Karabakh – Communiqué issued by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 2 October 2020

I spoke in turn to the Armenian Foreign Minister, Mr Mnatsakanyan, and the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Mr Bayramov, to discuss the major crisis under way in Nagorno-Karabakh since 27 September. The conversations built on many discussions held between France and those two countries since Sunday, at every level, particularly between the French President, Prime Minister Pachinyan and President Aliyev.

During the discussions, I once again expressed the urgent need to secure an end to hostilities, immediately and without preconditions. Their continuation would only increase the number of casualties – particularly civilian ones –, the material and human costs endured by both sides, and the threat of an uncontrolled escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. I warned my interlocutors about the threat of the conflict being internationalized.

In the spirit of the American, French and Russian Presidents’ statement on 1 October, I emphasized France’s determination, as Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, to play its full role, impartially, in securing an end to hostilities and the immediate resumption of substantial negotiations without preconditions, under the aegis of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE’s Minsk Group.

Finally, I thanked my interlocutors for their respective contributions to the medical evacuation under way of the two Le Monde journalists injured in Nagorno-Karabakh yesterday./.

Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, on his arrival at the European Council

Brussels, 1 October 2020

Before anything else, I’d like to say a few words of support for the two journalists – the journalist and the photographer – from the Le Monde newspaper who were injured a few hours ago in Nagorno-Karabakh, in the theatre of the conflict that broke out on Sunday.

I want to express here our full support for all the journalists from Le Monde and the families. The journalists are injured; since we’ve known this, the Quai d’Orsay’s crisis unit has been mobilized, as have all our resources, to organize the repatriation as quickly as possible.

As I speak, a medical plane is ready to leave; we’re currently doing everything to stabilize the wounded people there before allowing them to be evacuated. We’ll obviously keep playing an active role on the issue with the journalists, our teams on the ground, the teams in Paris, Le Monde and the families.

Obviously this brings me to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. As we’ve already said, I had the opportunity to talk to Prime Minister Pashinyan and President Aliyev; we called for a ceasefire. The situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is serious, and we remain fully mobilized. I was able to discuss the issue with President Putin yesterday evening, and so a few minutes ago we – President Trump, President Putin and myself, in our capacity as the three Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, responsible for monitoring the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh – published a joint communiqué.

We have demanded an unconditional ceasefire, also appealing to the reason of all those who sometimes push one party or another to go beyond what is reasonable.

We’re extremely worried today; my thoughts obviously go to both the civilians and the soldiers who have died, and their families, and we’re going to do our utmost firstly to bring about a swift end to the conflict, and secondly to resume the path towards a peaceful settlement of this dispute

I’m going to be very clear: on Sunday, the strikes which, to our knowledge, came from Azerbaijan, were unjustified, and I asked President Aliyev about this. I also want to be very clear: we’ve got reliable information today indicating that Syrian fighters have left the theatre of operations, fighters from jihadist groups, passing through Gaziantep to join the theatre of operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is a very serious, new fact which also alters the scenario, and in the next few hours we’re going to talk about it here first at the European Council. President Trump, President Putin and I agreed to exchange all the information we have about this situation and act accordingly. At any rate, we’re mobilized as the Minsk Group; our action will be aimed at a return to normal, an unconditional ceasefire and a settlement of this dispute through negotiation and the law./.

Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and Mr Donald Trump, President of the United States

1 October 2020

The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

We deplore the loss of human lives and extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured.

We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between the relevant military forces.

We also call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit without delay to resuming substantive negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs./.

Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 27 September 2020

France is deeply concerned about the large-scale clashes which have broken out in Nagorno-Karabakh and reports of civilian casualties in particular. It calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of dialogue.

In its capacity as Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, France, with its Russian and American partners, reiterates its commitment to reaching a negotiated, lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with due regard for international law.

Published on 06/10/2020

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