Guterres called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to show restraint

UN warns of the disastrous consequences of the conflict between two countries.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to show maximum restraint after clashes on the border between the two countries.

“The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the current tension in relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He calls for maximum restraint, as a full-scale conflict between these two countries will have disastrous consequences,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General.

Neighboring countries have long conflicted the breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh, populated mainly by ethnic Armenians. But the latest outbreaks occurred around the Tavush region in North-Eastern Armenia, about 300 km from the enclave.

Russia, which has a military base in Armenia, called on both sides to cease fire and show restraint. The Kremlin said that Moscow is ready to mediate.

The international community’s concern is heightened by the threat to stability in the region, which serves as a corridor for pipelines that carry oil and gas from the Caspian Sea to world markets.