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World Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations of breaching Karabakh ceasefire

14:56  10 october  2020
14:56  10 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to halt nearly two weeks of fierce fighting over the An ethnic Armenian enclave of Azerbaijan , Karabakh broke from the country's control in a war in the 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.

Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon on Saturday, after 11 hours of talks in Moscow

Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Thousands of people have had to flee their homes because of the fighting © BULENT KILIC Thousands of people have had to flee their homes because of the fighting

The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon (0800 GMT) Saturday, after 11 hours of talks in Moscow, but it took only minutes after the deadline for their forces to claim new attacks.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon on Saturday, after 11 hours of talks in Moscow

Azerbaijan and Armenia immediately accused each other of violations, but the agreement appeared to curb artillery fire during the afternoon, with some Heavy shelling and civilian casualties dash hopes for Karabakh ceasefire . AFP. Armenia , Azerbaijan Trade Accusations of Shelling Despite Truce.

An ethnic Armenian enclave of Azerbaijan, Karabakh broke from the country's control in a war in the 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.

Its separatist government is strongly backed by Armenia, which like Azerbaijan gained independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and Baku accuses Yerevan of occupying the region.

The heaviest clashes since the war erupted on September 27, with more than 450 people reported dead, thousands forced to flee their homes and fears the fighting could escalate into a devastating all-out conflict.

Map of the Caucasus and surrounding region showing the world powers circling Nagorno-Karabakh © Patricio ARANA Map of the Caucasus and surrounding region showing the world powers circling Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said that "in disregard of the previously declared humanitarian ceasefire" Azerbaijani forces had launched an attack on the frontline at 12:05 pm.

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STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan : Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon on Saturday

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered ceasefire in Nagorno- Karabakh starting on Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal intended to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter of a century. The two sides traded blame

a stack of pancakes on a track with smoke coming out of it: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mediated the talks between the two sides © ARIS MESSINIS Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mediated the talks between the two sides

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenian forces had also carried out attacks on the frontline and were shelling two populated areas.

"Armenia is blatantly violating the ceasefire regime," the ministry said in a statement.

The two sides also accused each other of attacks just before the ceasefire deadline.

- 'These people hate us' -

Karabakh's ombudsman Artak Beglaryan said missiles had been fired at the region's main city Stepanakert while Azerbaijan said at least five populated districts were under heavy shelling.

An AFP journalist in Stepanakert reported hearing blasts in the city before the ceasefire took effect, but it was calmer after noon, with isolated explosions in the distance.

Some residents were venturing out of their homes after days of taking shelter from shelling, rocket fire and drone attacks, but there was little hope the ceasefire would take hold for long.

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STEPANAKERT, Azerbaijan : Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon on Saturday

A Russian-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to hold on Sunday, with both sides accusing the other of intensive shelling of On Sunday, the Karabakh defence ministry insisted Armenian forces were respecting the humanitarian ceasefire , calling claims that Armenian forces

"I lived for nearly 20 years in Azerbaijan, these people hate us," Vladimir Barseghyan, 64, told AFP in a workshop making uniforms for fighters at the front. "We don't believe in a ceasefire, they just want to gain some time."

In Barda, an Azerbaijani town about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the conflict zone, many residents who spoke to AFP were against the ceasefire and in favour of Baku pressing on with its campaign to restore its control of Karabakh.

"We don't want a ceasefire. They should leave our lands," said Zemfira Mammadova, a 71-year-old retiree.

"They should get out, and let our people live a normal life. We have nothing to do with them and they should stay away from us."

The ceasefire deal had been announced after talks between the two countries' top diplomats mediated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

He said the truce had been agreed "on humanitarian grounds" and would allow for exchanges of prisoners and bodies.

- Call for 'substantive negotiations' -

Lavrov also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to "substantive negotiations" on resolving the dispute over Karabakh, with France, Russia and the United States continuing as longtime mediators.

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  New shelling rocks Karabakh ahead of first mediation efforts New shelling rocks Karabakh ahead of first mediation effortsAzerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov was to meet diplomats from France, Russia and the United States, who make up the "Minsk Group" that has sought a solution to the Karabakh conflict since the 1990s.

France on Saturday called for the ceasefire to be strictly respected "in order to create the conditions for a permanent cessation of hostilities."

Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, which borders both Armenia and Azerbaijan, about Moscow's mediation efforts, the Kremlin said.

Karabakh's declaration of independence has not been recognised by any country -- even Armenia -- and the international community regards it as part of Azerbaijan.

The return of fighting has stoked fears of a full-blown war embroiling Turkey, which strongly backs Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a military treaty with Armenia.

Turkey said Saturday that the ceasefire agreement was an important first step but that Armenia had a "last chance" to withdraw from Karabakh.

Since the conflict restarted both sides have accused the other of shelling areas populated by civilians and thousands of people have been displaced by the clashes.

Stepanakert is dotted with damaged buildings and unexploded ordnance following days of shelling. AFP journalists have also witnessed destruction in villages in Azerbaijan near the front line.

More than 50 civilians have been confirmed killed on both sides and the Armenians have acknowledged over 400 military deaths, while Azerbaijan has not admitted to any fatalities among its troops.

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New fighting over Karabakh despite ceasefire .
A new ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was again failing to hold on Monday as both sides accused each other of fresh attacks. The truce, backed by international mediators to put a stop to three weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead, was supposed to have come into force at midnight Sunday but both sides immediately accused each other of violating the deal. TheThe truce, backed by international mediators to put a stop to three weeks of fighting that has left hundreds dead, was supposed to have come into force at midnight Sunday but both sides immediately accused each other of violating the deal.

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