The Council of Europe calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint and immediately end the hostilities. This statement was made by Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović-Burić.
“I am gravely concerned about reports of military escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I call on our Member States Armenia and Azerbaijan to show responsibility and restraint by immediately stopping hostilities," the statement reads.
According to her, when entering the Council of Europe, both countries committed themselves to solve the conflict by peaceful means, and this commitment is to be strictly respected.
“On behalf of the Council of Europe, I call on the authorities of our two Member States to do everything possible to protect human lives and not to engage in military conflict. No efforts should be spared to stop the escalation,” said Marija Pejčinović-Burić.
In this regard, she noted that the Council of Europe confirms the support of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in their work to assist Azerbaijan and Armenia in finding a peaceful solution to this conflict.
Today's morning, September 27, the command of the Azerbaijani army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation against the armed forces of Armenia along the entire front in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry confirmed the active phase of hostilities and specified that the Azerbaijani side launched missile strikes along the entire line of contact, as well as at peaceful settlements, including the capital of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Stepanakert.
Later, the government of Armenia declared martial law and general mobilization in the country.