Commenting on ongoing military clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan on their common border, NATO PA President Attila Mesterhazy (HU) urged both parties to urgently de-escalate tensions, return to full respect of the ceasefire and recommit to resolving their differences through peaceful means.
“Armenia and Azerbaijan are two valued partners of NATO and of the NATO PA. That they would engage in the kind of armed confrontation we have seen in recent days is therefore deeply concerning. Our broad Euro-Atlantic family is committed to the promotion of good neighbourly relations and the resolution of differences through peaceful means. I therefore urge both countries to rapidly de-escalate the situation at their common border, recommit to the ceasefire, refrain from aggressive and provocative rhetoric and reengage in dialogue under the auspices of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs. Armenian and Azerbaijani people do not need more suffering at a time when they and all our countries continue to struggle with the profound health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The parliaments of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been associate members of the NATO PA since 2002. As such, their delegations participate in a broad range of NATO PA activities, and both countries have hosted numerous NATO PA visits and seminars over the years.