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EU leaders call for ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh region - Merkel

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference during the second face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - European leaders discussed the newly flared-up fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and aim for a ceasefire as soon as possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

It is “important that a ceasefire be established as quickly as possible”, Merkel told journalists after a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Friday.

“This is the only way to talk peacefully about the solution to this complicated problem.”

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Maria Sheahan