The EU has called for the strict respect of the ceasefire, the immediate release of all remaining prisoners, full cooperation on demining, and the de-escalation of tensions in border areas in and around Nagorno Karabakh.
According to a statement by the European External Action Service, issued on 10 November to mark the first anniversary of the cessation of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, “The EU regrets the loss of life inflicted during these hostilities and extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed or injured. While hostilities have ceased, many pending issues still need to be addressed in order to move towards a negotiated, comprehensive and sustainable settlement,” says the statement. “Looking ahead, a comprehensive settlement is necessary to put an end to more than three decades of conflict and suffering.”
The statement reminds that the EU has played an important role in the release of prisoners and the handing over of minefield maps, and supported people affected by the conflict with more than €17 million in humanitarian assistance, including for demining and early recovery. The EU is also ready to support border de-escalation and delimitation by providing technical assistance, and encourages connectivity and the reopening of economic cooperation in the South Caucasus.
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