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Lithuania is calling on Armenia and Azerbaijan to seek peaceful resolution of their disagreements after heavy fighting erupted in Nagorno Karabakh on Sunday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says.
Linkevičius: Lithuania calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop military action
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He also warned that the existing situation might escalate to a disastrous war that would claim many civilian lives.

"We are closely watching the situation and it might definitely spark a much bigger conflict, with no doubt. Only time will show whether it will happen, and it’s hard to say. But those countries that are actively involved in the contact Minsk Group, i.e., France, the United States, Russia and the OSCE, they probably need to step up their participation right now," Linkevicius told BNS on Sunday, commenting on the situation.

"As if it evolves into wide-scale military action, we will have many civilian casualties, and it will hardly resolve the situation as only peaceful dialogue is the way out of the crisis," the minister added.

Linkevicius says he has already tried to contact representatives of both countries.

"It all started early in the morning. I tried to contact both ministers and managed to speak with the Armenian minister. In his words, the whole contact line, the whole front is under fire, and aviation is involved. They say they also see Turkish aviation close to the border, and there are casualties, many injured people, Stepanakert came under fire," the minister said.

In his words, attempts are being made to contact the Azerbaijani side.

"We only manage to send a message and remind of our conversation that took place not long ago where they both vowed to resolve that conflict peacefully, and that's the commitment to the OSCE Minsk Group. And all of that has been hanging by a thread," Linkevicius said.

"I have talked to our diplomats in both Baku and Yerevan, and there's no internet in Azerbaijan at all. Twitter is down, Facebook is down. It must also be related to those events," the minister said.

In his words, Armenia and Azerbaijan should stop their confrontation and military action.

"Our call is one and remains the same as it was during conversations with both colleagues: to resolve the conflict peacefully, just as they are committed to, and that was underlined. That's the main argument. And we want to remind that, these are international commitments," the minister said.

Linkevicius is convinced that the military confrontation in Nagorno Karabakh will be in focus during the French president's visit to Lithuania today, taking into account the fact that France is involved in the negotiations to resolve this issue.

BNS
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