Estonia gives €100,000 to help humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
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.
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