European Union External Action

Petition - Reply to YES Armenia Programme Experts

Brussels, 11/12/2020 - 12:17, UNIQUE ID: 201211_8
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Brussels, 11 December 2020 - EURCA.EAST.2 (2020) RT/6899800-6906627

Dear Petitioner,


Thank you for your letter of 29 October, expressing concern about the conflict between
Armenia and Azerbaijan. Please know that we are following the situation very closely including
via our Delegations in Yerevan and Baku.


As you know, hostilities between both parties have ended on 10 November. The EU welcomes
the cessation of hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. The ceasefire will prevent the
further loss of life, but efforts are still needed for a negotiated, comprehensive and sustainable
settlement of the conflict, including on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. The EU reiterates its full
support to the established format of the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its Co-Chairs, to pursue this
objective.


The protection of civilian lives during the conflict is an obligation under international
humanitarian law, the EU consistently reminded the sides to the conflict about their
responsibilities. Any war crimes that might have been committed should be investigated. The
EU has repeatedly warned regional actors to avoid any external interference escalating violence
and now calls for the full and prompt withdrawal of all foreign fighters from the region.


The EU underlines the importance of guaranteeing humanitarian access to the region and the
possibility for displaced persons to return home in safety and with dignity. In the current postconflict situation, the EU is providing critical assistance to those most affected by the conflict in
line with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.


I would like to confirm to you that the EU continues to engage with all parties to ensure deescalation of the situation and stands ready to effectively contribute in the shaping of a durable
and comprehensive settlement of the conflict, including where possible through support for
stabilisation, post conflict rehabilitation and confidence building measures.


Yours sincerely,


[E-Signed]
Richard Tibbels

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