The Norwegian authorities have decided to allocate 17 million Norwegian kroner (about 1.5 million euros) to help the civilian population affected by the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is reported by TASS with reference to the statement of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
“The military actions in and around Nagorno-Karabakh claimed many lives, forced many to leave their homes and brought great suffering,” the diplomats said. The allocated funds will be directed to humanitarian organizations, which will directly begin to provide assistance to the victims.
On October 31, Robert O'Brien, Assistant to the American President for National Security, said that the United States decided to work out the issue of deploying peacekeeping forces from the Scandinavian countries in Nagorno-Karabakh. In his opinion, it is difficult to imagine a real solution to the problem without the participation of international peacekeepers or observers.
The situation in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR, Republic of Artsakh) sharply deteriorated on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan made a decision on a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons from October 18 at 00:00 local time. At the same time, the sides accused each other of shelling positions on the line of demarcation and non-observance of the ceasefire.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, the majority of whose population were Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, after which the war began. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized NKR signed a truce.