UN Chief holds talks with the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders
23 July 2020

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Abntonio Gutteres, on Wednesday (22 July) held separate telephone calls with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia.

A spokesperson for the United Nations said that in both calls, the Secretary-General expressed his ongoing concern over the hostilities that have been reported along the Armenia-Azerbaijan international border as well as prevailing tensions.

The Secretary-General reiterated his call for immediate and full de-escalation, refraining from provocative rhetoric, and a return to negotiations.

To that end, the Secretary-General repeated the full support of the United Nations for the important efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs and his expectation that both leaders will continue to work towards a peaceful resolution of the longstanding conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

source: with the UN press service

photo: Antonio Gutteres (archive picture)