FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks throughout a news conference after the Libya summit in Berlin, Germany, January 19,2020 REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/Pool
NEW YORK (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prompted Azerbaijan and Armenia on Monday to work out maximum restraint after border clashes in between the long-feuding former Soviet republics.
” The secretary-general is following with deep issue the existing tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He requires maximum restraint, as a full dispute in between these 2 countries would be dreadful,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.
The next-door neighbors have actually long remained in dispute over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, mainly ethnic Armenian area of Nagorno-Karabakh. But the latest flare-ups are around the Tavush area in northeastern Armenia, some 300 km (190 miles) from the enclave.
Russia, which has a military base in Armenia, has prompted the two sides to stop fire and reveal restraint. The Kremlin has said Moscow is prepared to serve as an arbitrator.
International concern is heightened because of the hazard to stability in a region functioning as a corridor for pipelines taking oil and gas from the Caspian Sea to international markets.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis