UN chief welcomes Armenia-Azerbaijan foreign ministers' meeting

UN chief welcomes Armenia-Azerbaijan foreign ministers' meeting

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed a meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan and expressed the hope that such efforts will lead to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Xinhua reports.

"The secretary-general welcomes the statement by the co-chairs of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Minsk Group of Sept. 24, 2021, on the joint meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan that took place under their auspices on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, in a statement.

One year after the hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the secretary-general is encouraged by the resumption of direct engagement at the level of the foreign ministers and hopes that such efforts will continue as part of a broader dialogue to resolve outstanding issues and reach a lasting peaceful settlement, said the statement.

Guterres reiterated his full support to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and the personal representative of the OSCE chairmanship-in-office to that end. He urged all concerned to focus their attention on advancing peace and cooperation at all levels for the benefit of the people in the region, it said.

The United Nations stands ready to support such efforts through its ongoing humanitarian, recovery, development and peacebuilding work on the ground, said the statement.

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