The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland calls for an immediate stop to the violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
Switzerland has also allocated CHF 1 million to the humanitarian operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in response to an appeal by the ICRC.
“Attacks on the civilian population and civilian objects must cease. The parties to the conflict are called upon to comply with international humanitarian law,” the FDFA’s press release states.
The FDFA expresses Switzerland's regret that the humanitarian ceasefires of 10 and 17 October have not been respected.
“It reiterates its call to the parties to the conflict to stop the violence and condemns the ongoing shelling of residential areas. The FDFA also calls on both parties to comply with international humanitarian law. The protection of the civilian population and persons hors de combat, and the observance of the principles of distinction and proportionality are paramount. This also means that cluster munitions must not be used, as such weapons do not make any distinction between civilians and combatants.
It is only by peaceful means that a lasting solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be found. The FDFA therefore calls on both parties to the conflict to resume meaningful negotiations without delay or preconditions,” the press release also states.