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World France, US and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh: Live updates

13:15  08 october  2020
13:15  08 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential

  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.

France , the US and Russia plan urgent Geneva talks to end fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces as fears of a regional war grow. Nagorno - Karabakh is a mountain enclave within Azerbaijan and is internationally recognised as part of that country, but is mostly governed by the

Turkish President Erdogan on Nagorno - Karabakh conflict: – US , Russia and France ignored the issue for 30 years; – Occupiers must leave so Russian and Azerbaijan MFAs just had yet another phone conversation. Lavrov again suggested that Russia mediate efforts to defuse tensions, either

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Smoke rises behind houses after shelling in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert [Aris Messinis/AFP] © Smoke rises behind houses after shelling in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Ste... Smoke rises behind houses after shelling in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert [Aris Messinis/AFP]
  • France, US, Russia to hold talks in Geneva
  • Turkey says the Minsk Group should not be involved in mediating the conflict
  • Azerbaijan says city of Ganja shelled by Armenian forces, killing one civilian
  • Baku claims 30 Azeri civilians killed to date, but does not release military casualties
  • Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among military rises to 350

09:09 GMT: – Armenia dismisses head National Security Service

Armenia on Thursday dismissed Argishti Kyaramyan, the head its National Security Service, the Interfax news agency reported citing a presidential decree.

Fears of 'Large-Scale War' after Dozens More Reported Killed In Nagorno-Karabakh Clashes

  Fears of 'Large-Scale War' after Dozens More Reported Killed In Nagorno-Karabakh Clashes Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused the other of launching attacks outside the contested region over which 30,000 people were killed in conflict in the 1990s.The South Caucasus neighbors have accused the other of launching attacks outside of Nagorno-Karabakh, a contested enclave within Azerbaijan but with a predominantly Armenian population, which has been the scene of bloody conflict and a tense ceasefire since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

France , the United States and Russia will step up efforts to end fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian " We want everyone to understand that it's in their interest to immediately stop hostilities without He also wants Armenia to set a timetable for a withdrawal from Nagorno - Karabakh and

News Live . Updated . The Russian Federation, the French Foreign Ministers and the US Secretary of State call on the parties to the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict to restore an Nagorno - Karabakh authorities deny Azerbaijan's statements about the attack on the city of Mingachevir.

07:45 GMT – France, US and Russia to meet on Nagorno-Karabakh

France, the United States and Russia will step up efforts to end fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus by holding talks in Geneva, as fears of a regional war grow.

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said Russian, French and US representatives would also meet in Moscow on Monday to look at ways to persuade the warring sides to negotiate a ceasefire. The three countries are co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group that mediates over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey has accused the group of neglecting the conflict and said it should not be involved in mediation.

Le Drian hit back at Turkey, reiterating accusations – denied by Ankara – that it is involved militarily and saying this fuelled the “internationalisation” of the conflict.

Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death

  Exclusive: Official at Center of Armenia, Azerbaijan Conflict Calls It Fight to Death "We've been here our whole life, and we are staying here to do what we can. It would be wrong not to worry, but it would be wrong to panic and leave your post," Artsakh representative to the U.S. told Newsweek.For this tiny republic, defeat could mean the end of his internationally unrecognized government, and perhaps worse for its constituents.

The US , Russia and France co-chair the Minsk Group, set up in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to encourage a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the dispute over Nagorno - Karabakh . The region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic

The conflict in Nagorno - Karabakh flared up in late September, and Russia played a leading role in Russia to Set Up 16 Observation Points With Peacekeepers Along the Contact Line in "Politically, right now Russia has not moved far from where France and the United States were on this conflict.

07:30 GMT – Fresh fighting erupts between Azeris, ethnic Armenians

Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces fought new clashes in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan said the city of Ganja was shelled by Armenian forces and that one civilian had been killed in the Goranboy region. It said other villages were fired on by ethnic Armenian forces.

Azeri authorities have reported 30 civilian deaths since fighting broke out on September 27 over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain enclave which under international law belongs to Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

Azerbaijan also says 143 civilians have been wounded but has not disclosed information about its military casualties.

07:20 GMT – Nagorno-Karabakh says death toll among its military rises to 350 since start of conflict

The defence ministry of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, run by ethnic Armenians, said it had recorded another 30 casualties among its troops, pushing the military death toll to 350 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on September 27.

Cities under fire as Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting intensifies

  Cities under fire as Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting intensifies Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged rocket fire as fighting intensified over Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, with the breakaway region's capital and Azerbaijan's second-largest city bombarded. Yerevan said Nagorno-Karabakh's main city Stepanakert, which has been under artillery fire since Friday, was hit again on Sunday and AFP journalists said there were regular explosions and smoke rising in parts of the city. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Ganja, a city of more than 330,000 in western Azerbaijan, was also "under fire" while separatist forces claimed to have destroyed an airbase there.

The heads of Russia , the US , and France urged the sides to resume talks without preconditions, while Turkey pledged to The Nagorno - Karabakh conflict erupted in the late 1980s, with the predominantly Armenian-populated autonomous region later announcing plans to join Armenia and proclaiming its

Yerevan Says Saw Russian , US , French Leaders' Statement on Karabakh, Will Assess It Later. "You said that we are on opposing sides with Turkey on Nagorno - Karabakh . "The Minsk Group, which includes the US , Russia , and France , has been unable to solve the Karabakh issue for 30

The fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s when some 30,000 people were killed.

Good morning. Shereena Qazi in Doha and Anealla Safdar in London will be bringing you the latest updates on the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis today, Thursday, October 8.

Here’s a quick recap:

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has continued for a second week (we are now on day 12 of the clashes) as Armenia and Azerbaijan battle over the breakaway region.

So far, the two rivals are ignoring international appeals for a ceasefire and have accused one another of causing civilian and military casualties since clashing on September 27.

Almost 300 people have been reported killed overall, but the real death toll is believed to be higher.

The key news on Thursday, so far at least, is that France, Russia and the US will hold talks in Geneva aimed at de-escalating the situation.

More on that later.

Twenty French deputies demand recognition of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh .
© ETIENNE LAURENT / EPA / MAXPPP Demonstrators in favor of the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, October 11, 2020 in Los Angeles. About twenty elected members of the National Assembly want France to recognize "full sovereignty" of Nagorno-Karabakh, against "Azerbaijani aggression". Twenty deputies demanded Thursday, October 15, for France to recognize without delay the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh republic, in the grip of armed clashes between Azerbaijan and the Armenian independence forces.

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