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  • by Tatevik Shahunyan

  • Tuesday, August 5, 11:40

 The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) expresses concern at recent violence around Nagorno-Karabakh and urges all parties to reduce tensions.

"The past week has seen reports of a rapidly deteriorating situation on the Nagorno-Karabakh line of contact and the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Reports of increasing numbers of fatalities and the use of more advanced military equipment poses one of the most worrying violations of the ceasefire in its 20 year history," FCO says in a statement.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office Spokesperson said: "The UK appeals to both Armenia and Azerbaijan to take immediate action to reduce tensions and respect the 1994 ceasefire agreement. We are deeply saddened by the continuing loss of life on all sides. Recalling the statement of Minister for Europe David Lidington on the 20th anniversary of the ceasefire in May, we urge the parties to work with the OSCE's Minsk Group Co-Chairs towards a peace agreement."

Death toll rises on both the Armenian and Azerbaijani party as clashes grow on the Line of Contact. As a result of Azerbaijan's sabotage attacks since July 28, 25 Azeri soldiers were killed and 30 were wounded.  Armenia lost 6 soldiers, amid 7 wounded. 

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