UN chief stated he was “extraordinarily involved over the recent resumption of hostilities”.

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UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres on Sunday stated he was “extraordinarily involved over the recent resumption of hostilities” between Armenia and Azerbaijan within the Armenia-backed breakaway area of Nagorny Karabakh.

“The Secretary-Basic strongly calls on the perimeters to right away cease combating, de-escalate tensions and return to significant negotiations directly,” Guterres’s spokesman stated in an announcement.

Arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused one another of initiating clashes Sunday that claimed at the least 23 lives and threatened to attract in regional powers Russia and Turkey.

The worst clashes since 2016 have raised the specter of a recent battle within the decades-long territorial dispute over Nagorny Karabakh.

Sixteen Armenian separatist fighters have been killed and greater than 100 wounded in combating, insurgent officers stated.

Either side additionally reported civilian casualties.

Guterres “condemns using drive and regrets the lack of life and the toll on the civilian inhabitants,” the assertion stated, including that the secretary-general would communicate to the president of Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia.

France, Germany, Italy and the European Union additionally urged a direct ceasefire, whereas Pope Francis prayed for peace.