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Macron Warns of Escalation Risks Between Armenia, Azerbaijan

Thu 22 Feb 2024 | 11:26 AM
Israa Farhan

French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a stern warning regarding the potential escalation risks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, following a resurgence of tensions between the two conflicting Caucasus nations.

Hosting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Macron expressed concern over recent events in Armenia's Syunik region, highlighting the persistent threat of escalation on the ground.

The warning comes in the wake of accusations from Armenia against Azerbaijan for opening fire at their border on February 13, leading to the death of four Armenian soldiers and injuring another, according to Yerevan.

This incident occurred a day after an Azerbaijani individual was wounded by Armenian gunfire.

Macron expressed regret over the Armenian gunfire that resulted in an Azerbaijani casualty on February 12, commending the Armenian authorities for their transparency in addressing the incident. However, he criticized Azerbaijan's "disproportionate response" to the event.

Despite these incidents, both neighboring countries committed to continuing dialogue to resolve their disputes, which have led to numerous armed conflicts since the early 1990s, during a meeting in Germany on Saturday.