Ban Ki-moon: Sargsyan-Aliyev talk will help move peace process forward

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, is hopeful that the recent meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will help move the Karabakh peace process forward.

The UN leader’s statement reads that he trusts that the summit offered the two sides the opportunity to discuss the practical steps to reduce the ceasefire violations and the civilian casualties, and to agree on ways to move the peace process forward.

Ban Ki-moon also commended the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group to organize this meeting.

The Secretary-General called on Yerevan and Baku to work closely with the Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group to de-escalate the current tensions and to refrain from any actions that may result in further violence, reported RIA Novosti news agency of Russia.

On December 19, Presidents Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan met in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, for talks.