Trump: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire collapse ‘disappointing’

Trump: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire collapse ‘disappointing’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday the collapse of a recent ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia is “disappointing.”

The president said the two countries will “get back together” as violence escalates between the two neighbours regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh area, Anadolu Agency reported. 

“Well, they’ve been at it for many, many years. Yeah, it’s disappointing to see that. That’s what happens when you have countries that have been going at it for a long time. It’ll get back together,” Trump told reporters ahead of a flight to an election rally in the state of Michigan.

His remarks came after a Washington-brokered truce last weekend was short-lived after Azerbaijan said Yerevan breached the ceasefire. 

Baku claimed Monday that Armenian forces continued to attack Azerbaijani civilian settlements and military units, despite the new humanitarian ceasefire.

The recent US-brokered temporary humanitarian truce was announced Sunday and took effect 8 am local time (0400GMT) Monday.

Both sides blamed each other for violating two earlier ceasefires on Oct 10 and Oct 17.