UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This was announced by the official representative of the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, Deutsche Welle reports.
"In these separate conversations, he conveyed the same message: the need to immediately stop fighting, de-escalate tensions, and return to meaningful negotiations without delay," Dujarric stated.
The President of Azerbaijan accused Armenia of provocations, including heavy artillery fire on the positions of the Azerbaijani army conducted on September 27.
For his part, Pashinyan told Guterres that Turkey, which has a destructive effect on the conflict, played a significant role in Azerbaijan's actions.
As we reported earlier, 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 region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
"The personnel and tank subunits, supported by the units of the rocket and artillery troops, front-line aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles, having discovered a large number of manpower, military objects and military equipment of the Armenian armed forces located in the front line and deep in the enemy's defense, destroy them," the statement said.
In its turn, the government of Armenia declared martial law and general mobilization in the country.