Estonia gives €100,000 to help humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Flags of the Eastern Partnership member countries, European Union and Estonia at the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership.
Flags of the Eastern Partnership member countries, European Union and Estonia at the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership. Source: Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership

The Estonian government announced on Thursday it will allocate €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help alleviation of the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) today made a proposal to the Government of Estonia to allocate €100,000 from the reserve to the International Committee of the Red Cross for alleviating the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The government endorsed the proposal.

"The situation on both sides of the front in Nagorno-Karabakh borders on a humanitarian crisis, which is why we cannot remain mere spectators," Reinsalu said.

The minister emphasised the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

"We call on the parties to end military action in Nagorno-Karabakh and resolve the conflict peacefully. Third countries should refrain from any interference to avoid a further escalation of the situation," Reinsalu said.

Estonia supports the negotiation process headed by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, and is prepared to raise the Nagorno-Karabakh issue at the UN Security Council if necessary, he said.

As of October 14, 2020, 80 civilians have been killed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Additionally, extensive damage has been caused to civilian infrastructure and objects on both sides of the line of contact.

Map of the Nagorno Karabakh (Mägi-Karabahh) region. Source: Nagorno Karabakh Observer / ERR

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