The European Union has put responsibility on Azerbaijan for respecting the rights and safety of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and said it would take action against Azerbaijan if it resorts to oppression, EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said.
“Azerbaijan is responsible for respecting the rights and ensuring the security of the Armenians of Karabakh, including the right to live in their own homes without being subject to threats and discrimination. Forced displacement of civilians, using military or other means, will be met with a strong response from the EU. The EU is ready to take appropriate measures if the situation further deteriorates,” Borrell said in a statement.
Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack against Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19. Nagorno-Karabakh has confirmed that 200 people have died and more than 400 wounded, including civilians, because of Azerbaijan’s aggression. Azerbaijani opposition media that report that 80 Azerbaijani soldiers have died during the military aggression.
On September 20, the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh accepted the proposal of the command of the Russian peacekeeping mission regarding the cessation of fire. The proposal by Azerbaijan envisages the withdrawal of the remaining units and servicemen of the RA Armed Forces from the deployment zone of the Russian peacekeeper and the dissolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh armed formations; the complete disarmament of the Defense Army, as well as the withdrawal of heavy equipment and weapons from the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in order to quickly eliminate them.
The Azerbaijani forces resumed the fire on Stepanakert today while a delegation representing Nagorno-Karabakh was holding a meeting with Azerbaijani representatives in the Azerbaijani city of Yevlakh to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and further actions. Following the meeting, the delegation said that no final agreement was reached and that the details must be agreed upon. Azerbaijan later said an agreement was reached to hold another meeting.