Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Conflicts

Pa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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171. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the escalating conflict on the Armenia and Azerbaijan border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19372/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department is closely following developments along the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, where recent events have regrettably led to the loss of lives. Indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian areas are completely unacceptable and are contrary to the ceasefire in place.  

Our own history of protracted conflict means we understand that resolution and reconciliation can be a long and complex process. 

As such, and together with our colleagues in the EU, we strongly support the OSCE Minsk Co-Chairs Group as it works to resolve the situation by peaceful means. Ireland encourages both Armenia and Azerbaijan to strictly respect the ceasefire, ensuring no further loss of life.

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