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Nagorno-Karabakh: PACE President urges dialogue and fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan

Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert

Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), issued the following statement today:

"Given the further deterioration of the humanitarian and human rights situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, I recall the Assembly’s request of 20 June, to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, to organise a fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan as early as possible, with the aim of assessing the situation where Armenians live and have been affected by the absence of free and safe access through the Lachin corridor since 12 December 2022.

I join the call for dialogue voiced by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on 28 July 2023, and urge both Azerbaijan and Armenia, as Council of Europe member States, to finally live up to their mutual commitment, made on their accession in 1991, to de-escalate tension and restore peace between their countries.”