New York

27 September 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Armenia and Azerbaijan

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group of 24 September 2021 on the joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan that took place under their auspices on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

One year after the hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Secretary-General is encouraged by the resumption of direct engagement at the level of the Foreign Ministers and hopes that such efforts will continue as part of a broader dialogue to resolve outstanding issues and reach a lasting peaceful settlement.

The Secretary-General reiterates his full support to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office to that end.  He urges all concerned to focus their attention on advancing peace and cooperation at all levels for the benefit of the people in the region. The United Nations  stands ready to support such efforts through its ongoing humanitarian, recovery, development and peacebuilding work on the ground.