On 17 September, President of the European Council Charles Michel held phone calls with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
“We had a substantial exchange on means to ensure a sustainable de-escalation and on how to intensify efforts to cement lasting peace in the region,” wrote Michel on Twitter.
The EU still aims to help Armenia and Azerbaijan achieve a comprehensive and sustainable agreement, added Toivo Klaar, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.
Klaar also wrote on Twitter that there were disturbing reports of crimes targeting civilians during the recent fighting: “Cases from the past also need to be addressed, but can in no way be a justification. All allegations of human rights abuses and war crimes need to be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice.”
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