OSCE Concerns Over Border Clashes Between Armenian, Azerbaijani Forces

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Wednesday expressed his deepest concern over renewed border skirmish between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces which resulted in casualties.

“We call to refrain from the use of force and to continue the meaningful political dialogue initiated recently,” Rau said in a statement.

Rau said that Poland as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chair is committed to working with partners to renew and strengthen efforts aimed at establishing lasting peace and promoting sustainable development in the region.

“We support the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in this regard,” he said.

Armenia’s defense ministry on Wednesday said three Armenian soldiers were killed in fresh border clashes.

Another two soldiers who received injuries in intense border skirmishes are in stable condition, the ministry said in a statement.

The renewed fighting took place on the Gegharkunik-Kalbajar section of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

However, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on Wednesday blamed Armenia military for firing small and large-calibre machine guns against the country’s soldiers, in which one  solider was killed.

“Armenian military fired upon Azerbaijani positions on the night of 11 January and the morning of 12 January with artillery,” the statement said, without providing further details.

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