The escalating tension around Nagorno-Karabakh has seriously impacted regional stability, something that worries all countries around the globe.
We, as delegates of the Conference of INGOs’ Youth Programme, would like to express our distress regarding this escalation of violence and the armed conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh.
Nowadays, youth are already facing massive global challenges such as climate change, unemployment, social disparity, forced migration and displacement, or the effects of the COVID-19 sanitary and humanitarian crisis. We do not need to add to these increasing challenges, a regional crisis.
Youth do not need first-hand experience in armed conflict participation and arms-related harm. What youth need are peaceful and intercultural opportunities for growth, allowing them to develop the skills necessary for the support and involvement in democratic and inclusive societies.
We condemn the use of force and regret the loss of life and the price paid by the civilian population.
We fear for the safety of all young people affected by the violence in the region. We are extremely worried regarding their physical wellbeing, as well as the long-term strain that current events have on their emotional and educational development chances.
We urge for an immediate end to the fighting and call on all involved to revert to a nonviolent situation and to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and engage in a dialogue leading to a stable peaceful solution.
We condemn any third-party interference that stokes tensions, and in this context every country ought to abstain from actions and statements in that direction.
We are convinced that the crisis can be resolved through peaceful means and through negotiations, not through arms.
We urge all international and transnational organizations to contribute to the efforts to de-escalate the crisis immediately.
Last but not least, we have to express our gratitude to every single person and organization that offered humanitarian aid.
The Conference of INGOs `2020 -2021 Youth Delegates Programme’ Members