Australian minister urges to observe cease-fire in Karabakh

Australian minister urges to observe cease-fire in Karabakh

Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher commented on the recent cease-fire breakdown in Nagorno-Karabakh, urging the sides to respect the cease-fire.

"I call on parties to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to return to the OSCE Minsk group peace process," Fletcher said.

He also urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect the terms of the ceasefire agreement of 10 October.

"It is very important that this hostility not continue. It’s very important that stability be returned," the minister stressed.

The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 05:00 (Msk). The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population. To date, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts, including the cities of Jabrayil and Fizuli, the city of Zangilan and part of Zangilan district, the city of Hadrut and a number of villages in the Khojavend region, the villages of Sugovushan and Talish in the Terter region, as well as the strategically important Murovdag mountain were liberated.

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