The Socialist International has followed with great concern the hostilities and attacks that have taken place in the last 48 hours between Armenians and Azerbaijanis with a regrettable loss of numerous lives.
Our International calls for an immediate ceasefire and for an end to these hostilities, and at the same time reiterates the urgent need for a resumption of dialogue within the framework of the Minsk Group, a body accepted by both Armenia and Azerbaijan and recognised by the multilateral organisations, to resolve through negotiation and in accordance with the principles of international law, the longstanding conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh.
The absence of a perspective for a solution in the prevailing atmosphere of belligerence and armaments build up has led to the current hostilities. Our International reiterates the need for a greater commitment by the international community as a whole to bring its influence to bear in favour of peace between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
On the basis of the dialogue which has been carried out within our International by our member parties in Armenia and Azerbaijan, we call on them to actively contribute to this process.