NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

BAKU — NATO has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue negotiations on the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh problem and “avoid any new escalation” of the conflict.

After a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels on Thursday, NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict a “matter of concern” for the Western military alliance.

At the same time, he emphasized that this conflict cannot be resolved militarily.

Stoltenberg said that NATO has no direct role in the matter, but supports the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group, an international format jointly headed by the United States, Russia and France that brokers a peaceful solution to the conflict.

The NATO chief added that he was encouraged by “renewed dialogue” between Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, who held talks in Geneva last month that the two sides called “constructive.”

Aliyev said the situation surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh was “not changing, unfortunately,” and accused Armenia of seeking “to keep the status quo.”

“The unsettled conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the greatest danger to regional security,” the Azerbaijani leader said.

Both Aliyev and Sarkisian are slated to meet EU leaders at the Eastern Partnership summit in the Belgian capital on November 24.

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  1. Too little too late if NATO has something to say first it should blame Turkey but of course it will not. As for Aliyev he is just playing games and laughing in his mind by saying we did everything we wanted to do with Russia’s agreement and Turkish command and forces Pakistani units jihadist mercenaries the latest Israeli Turkish and other’s weapons cluster bombs white phosphorus and others forbidden to use in wars. Therefore now the west Europe and others can say whatever they want and Aliyev and Turkey will lend their deaf ears and just laugh

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