Strike on Civilians of Ganja City is Totally Unacceptable ; UN Secretary General

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Berlin, Germany – November 04: Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees of UNHCR, attends a press conference in german foreign office on November 04, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

Islamabad/ Pakistan; 18 Oct 2020 – Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General of United Nations has issued statement attributed to the Secretary General in which he has said that the tragic loss of civilian lives, including children, from the latest reported strike on 16 October last night on the city of Ganja is totally unacceptable, as are indiscriminate attacks on populated areas anywhere, including in Stepanakert/Khankendi and other localities in and around the immediate Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict.

The Secretary-General deeply regrets that the sides have continuously ignored the repeated calls of the international community to immediately stop the fighting.  As he underscored again in his latest calls with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides have the obligation under international humanitarian law to take constant care to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in the conduct of military operations, and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The Secretary-General notes the latest announcement on the start of the humanitarian truce on 18 October and expects both parties to fully abide by this commitment and resume substantive negotiations without delay under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

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