Special Representative on South Caucasus Pons joins calls for immediate cessation of hostilities along Armenia-Azerbaijan border

COPENHAGEN, 15 September 2022 – In light of the armed clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Vice-President and Special Representative on South Caucasus Pere Joan Pons (Spain) has joined international calls for an immediate and lasting ceasefire, as well as for Armenia and Azerbaijan to return to negotiations to prevent the loss of further lives.

“Our Assembly is following with great concern the armed clashes at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Military actions must cease and both countries should return to the path of constructive talks for the conclusion of a comprehensive peace treaty. These ongoing clashes do not just harm any progress made over the past two years but have already needlessly cost the lives of over one hundred persons, including civilians, from both Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Pons stated.

He further expressed his support for the statements made by OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, and OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid calling for an immediate ceasefire following reports of armed clashes along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Pons added: “The guiding principles of our organization foresee the settlement of disputes amongst our States by peaceful means and we should not resort to forceful measures which cause further destruction and prolonged human suffering. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly continues to stand ready to support all initiatives that seek to mediate and support the dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, aimed at achieving long-lasting peace between both countries and within the South Caucasus.”

Pere Joan Pons was elected Vice-President of the Assembly at the 2022 Annual Session in Birmingham and he was appointed Special Representative on South Caucasus in July 2022 by President Margareta Cederfelt.

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Nat Parry

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