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UN's Ban Urges Sniper Withdrawal From Karabakh Cease-Fire Line


Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of NATO's Lisbon summit.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of NATO's Lisbon summit.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again called for the withdrawal of snipers deployed along the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces near the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

In an interview with RFE/RL, Ban also urged both sides to "refrain from making any provocative actions" in the area.

Ethnic Armenian forces backed by Yerevan won control of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan in a war that ended with a ceasefire in 1994.

Clashes along the cease-fire line this year have killed more than 20 soldiers on both sides.

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