The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on conflict settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh expressed concern on Saturday over resumed clashes in the contested region.
“The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group express grave concern over the reported large-scale ceasefire violations that are taking place along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” a press release, published on the OSCE website, said.
The Minsk Group called on all sides to end hostilities in order to stabilize the situation, stressing that there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement.
“We strongly condemn the use of force and regret the senseless loss of life, including civilians,” the statement added.
Earlier in the day, Armenia and Azerbaijan noted a sharp escalation of the situation in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.