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EU on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: "Foreign interference unacceptable"
The European Union warned regional powers in the Caucasus on Monday to stay away from renewed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. One condemns the "escalation", which could have "serious consequences for regional stability".
When asked by EURACTIV.com, EU foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano said today that Brussels could not confirm reports of potential interference from outside forces in the conflict; but he added: "External interference in this conflict is unacceptable."
Azerbaijani and Armenian armed forces fought on Monday for a second day in a row after numerous people had been killed on Sunday: Azerbaijani sources said 500 Armenian soldiers had fallen, while Yerevan said at least 200 members of the Azerbaijani army had been killed.
The fighting broke out on Sunday along the front lines in Nagorno-Karabakh, an area legally part of Azerbaijan but de facto controlled by Armenia. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is not recognized internationally.
“Nobody should be interested, and nobody will benefit from a war that breaks out. We want to prevent that, ”said Stano today.
Turkey and Pakistan have previously expressed support for Azerbaijan, while Armenia is counting on its Russian allies. Stano therefore emphasized: “We, as the EU, as an international community, call on all actors involved to immediately cease [the acts of war]; as well as all other actors in the region to help bring the confrontations to an end. "
Although predominantly Muslim, Azerbaijan is keen to counter foreign attempts to import jihad. Meanwhile, an information war is raging on social media, with some videos suggesting that jihadists - rather surprisingly - may have joined the Armenian troops. To what extent this corresponds to the truth cannot be determined at the current time.
In this regard, Stano also made it clear that it was difficult from Brussels to verify such statements and reports.
[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic and Tim Steins]
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