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Fighting in Karabakh: the EU calls for an “immediate return to negotiations”
© Provided by Le Point Nagorny Karabakh A conflict that Paris and Brussels condemn. France said on Sunday September 27 "deeply concerned about the ongoing large-scale clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh", calling on the belligerents to "immediately cease hostilities and resume dialogue".
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ARMENIA-AZERBAIDJAN-FRANCE-TURKEY: Macron accuses Turkey to send jihadists from Syria to Nagorno-Karabakh
PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of sending jihadists on Thursday from Syria to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region of Azerbaijan that is predominantly Armenian.
Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to fight the forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.
Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential
Much will depend on how Russia and Turkey act as Armenia and Azerbaijan renew conflict, say analysts.But for three decades and against all odds, cash-strapped Armenia defended its unrecognised satellite, Nagorno-Karabakh, a South Caucasus territory north of Turkey and Iran. Dominated by ethnic Armenians, it violently broke away from Azerbaijan after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
"We have information today with certainty which indicates that Syrian fighters of jihadist groups have (transited) through Gaziantep to reach the Nagorno-Karabakh theater of operations", the French president said upon his arrival in a European Council in Brussels. "This is a very serious new fact which is game-changing."
Previously, the Elysee Palace had indicated following an exchange between Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Poutine that the two leaders "share (...) a concern about the sending of Syrian mercenaries by Turkey to Haut- Karabakh ". [nL8N2GS100]
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Fears grow for civilians as Karabakh fighting rages .
Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces were raging over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region on Monday as fears grew for civilians after the two sides shelled major cities. Separatist forces in Karabakh -- an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan in the 1990s -- reported firefights along the frontline with the regional capital Stepanakert under heavy artillery fire. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenian forces were shelling three of its towns, after hitting the country's second-largest city Ganja on Sunday.