MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) - The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be found through peaceful means only, Chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic Sergei Rachkov told BelTA .
Belarus is deeply concerned as it follows the drastic escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. "All calls for a full ceasefire and a cessation of hostilities, which have caused casualties on both sides, must be vigorously supported. The solution of the crisis is possible through peaceful means only. Not guns but diplomacy should be used by both states to prevent the loss of life, especially among civilians,” the Senator said.
According to Sergei Rachkov, Yerevan and Baku are equally close to Minsk, regardless of membership in certain international organizations. The Belarusian people have great respect for the peoples of these countries and count on their wisdom and prudence in understanding that there is no alternative to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
"The OSCE Minsk Group, first of all its co-chairs - Russia, France and the United States, should take a proactive approach in helping find a peaceful solution to the situation," Sergei Rachkov noted.