EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has welcomed the cessation of hostilities in and around Nagorno .

“The Russian-brokered ceasefire that has been agreed on Monday between Armenia and Azerbaijan will help to prevent the further loss of life and is hopefully a first step towards a comprehensive settlement,” Borrell said in a statement.

He added that “negotiations will now need to ensure that any settlement is sustainable.”

“The European Union continues to support the established, OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs led, format and stands ready to contribute to these efforts and to the implementation of agreements for a peaceful and prosperous development of the entire South region,” the High Representative stated.

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