: Merkel sees need for lasting Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire
Politics11:41 Apr. 7, 2016

Merkel sees need for lasting Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

People in Nagorno-Karabakh want the global community to respect their right for self-determination, Armenia's President says in Berlin

The Armenian President has been in Germany to discuss the potential for a lasting ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Serzh Sargasyan met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday, April 6. The military conflict that left dozens of people dead from both the Armenian and Azerbaijani side topped the agenda of the talks.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the main goal at this moment is to prevent further bloodshed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel"Above all everything must be done such that more blood is not spilled and lives lost, and so the efforts to reach an acceptable and lasting ceasefire are extremely urgent."

Armenia's President said the people of the region want recognition from the international community. However, did not elaborate in what form that recognition needs to be.

Read also Armenian forces agree shaky ceasefire with Azerbaijan over breakaway region

A group of demonstrators gathered outside the chancellery to protest against Sargsyan's visit. The protesters held up a large flag of Azerbaijan and signs reading "stop the occupation of Karabakh."

Armenia's conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region flared up on April 1st. Till date there have been almost forty people killed on both sides.


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