UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a truce between the two countries to resolve the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He will discuss the issue in detail in separate phone conversations with the leaders of the two countries. UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephen Dujarric confirmed the incident to reporters. According to a report by Qatar-based Al Jazeera.
“I have been informed by the UN Secretary-General that he has already spoken to the President of Azerbaijan about the current situation,” Dujarik said. He will also hold talks with the Prime Minister of Armenia soon.
Dujarric said the UN Secretary-General called for an immediate end to the conflict and unconditional dialogue.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the state of war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The closed-door meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 29. Although Germany and France have formally requested the meeting, it has the support of the European Council member countries Belgium, the United Kingdom and Estonia.
The old war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has started on the Nagorno-Karbakh region since last Saturday. At least six people have already been killed in the three-day battle. The fighting between two former Soviet Union countries during the United Nations’ annual general session is expected to destabilize the region.
It is also feared that regional powers such as Russia and Turkey may join the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Because Russia has a military alliance with Armenia. And Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, the United States, Russia, Iran and European powers have called for an end to hostilities and to hold talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, in a speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Armenia should leave Azerbaijan immediately.
Although the Nagorno-Karbakh region is located inside Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. In the late 1970s, a war broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over control of the region. The conflict ended in the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991. 30,000 people were killed in the conflict until a ceasefire was established between the two sides in 1994. Later in 2016 and even earlier this year the two sides joined the conflict.