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- Russian State Duma unanimously adopted a statement to Azerbaijan and Armenia calling for an immediate ceasefire.
The session of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation unanimously adopted the Statement On the Inadmissibility of Using Force and Need for Immediate Ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Zone. Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation also offered the parties to the conflict to mediate in the negotiations.
“Deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation express serious concern over the renewal of the deterioration of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has led to numerous human casualties and parliamentarians strongly condemn use of force by both sides,” the document says.
The parliamentarians stated that the parties to the conflict need to immediately cease fire, urged to prevent the escalation of the confrontation in the region and noted that there was no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the situation.
“Deputies of the State Duma urge the parties to return to the negotiation process as soon as possible and are ready to offer mediation assistance in stabilizing the situation,” the document stresses.
Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the CSTO PA, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, asked Leonid Kalashnikov, Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, to immediately inform the parliamentarians of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan about the decision of the State Duma.
The statement will be sent to the President and Government of the Russian Federation, the parliaments of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Co-Chairpersons of the OSCE Minsk Group, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, IPA CIS, PACE and the OSCE PA.
As Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, noted on September 28, “the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh has no belligerent or military solution. The parties must stop, show restraint to avoid new human casualties and return to the negotiation process.”