This week, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the end of the 44-day war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the EU remembers all Armenian and Azerbaijani victims of the conflict over the past 30 years.
“Being fully conscious of this difficult legacy, it [the EU] calls on both sides to turn the page of enmity and continue reconciliation efforts in order to prevent further unnecessary loss of human lives and damages,” said a statement by the EU spokesperson Peter Stano.
The EU welcomes the numerous steps undertaken by the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaderships to overcome their differences and reach a durable and sustainable peace in the region and commends their sustained engagement in ongoing negotiations at various levels and in different formats.
“While these negotiations are obviously difficult and will require time, it is crucial not to lose the momentum, to agree on concrete steps forward, and to ensure a safe, secure and prosperous environment for the benefit of all populations in the region,” says the statement.
The EU also reiterates its call on both sides “to moderate their rhetoric and avoid any unnecessary escalation of tensions, including by refraining from threats or allegations against each other and military provocations and actions”.