UN Security Council to meet Thursday to discuss Karabakh

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Thursday afternoon (21 September) to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

France called for the meeting of the Council and it is understood that other Western countries have backed the call. It follows the launch by Azerbaijan of a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, where a majority Armenian-speaking population resides. Karabakh is considered part of Azerbaijan and Baku says the military operation is an internal matter.

But many countries take exception to this position and many have issued statements calling on Baku to immediately halt the military operation and for Baku and Stepanakert to hold meaningful talks.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies

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