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Canada Karabakh. At least 24 dead in one day, the world calls for an end to the fighting

10:45  28 september  2020
10:45  28 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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media captionTanks ablaze as fighting erupts over disputed region. One of the world 's oldest conflicts, a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan At least 23 people were reported to have been killed on Sunday as the two ex-Soviet republics battled over the Nagorno- Karabakh region.

Growing concern that Armenia and Azerbaijan could return to war over disputed territory of Nagorno- Karabakh . Clashes broke out over the International pressure was growing on Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt fighting after at least 24 people were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes

Dans le centre de la capitale arménienne, plusieurs dizaines de volontaires se sont rassemblés dimanche après-midi pour partir au front. © EPA-EFE / MELIK BAGHDASARYAN In the center of the Armenian capital, several dozen volunteers gathered on Sunday afternoon to go to the front.

Further fighting in the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh has left at least 24 dead. An escalation that arouses international concern.

Armenia and Azerbaijan were on the brink of war on Sunday, renewed fighting in the Yerevan-backed breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno Karabakh , killing at least 24 people, escalation sparking international concern.

While Moscow delivers arms to both countries and acts as regional arbiter, President Vladimir Putin called on to “avoid an escalation” and to “end hostilities” , the worst in this area disputed since April 2016, when 110 people were killed.

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At least 16 troops and civilians have been killed in the worst fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces since 2016, raising fears of instability in a region that provides crucial Pipelines shipping Caspian oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan to the world pass close to Nagorno- Karabakh .

A view inside a damaged flat after a shelling on Stepanakert, the capital city of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno- Karabakh , also known as Artsakh. Photo: Armenian Foreign Ministry /dpa.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called on "to immediately cease the fighting (...) and return without delay to meaningful negotiations" . He intends to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.

"Cease hostilities"

Washington immediately called on both parties to "immediately cease hostilities" . For his part, the French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday expressed his "deep concern" and "strongly called for the immediate cessation of hostilities" .

The belligerents reject the responsibility for the fighting. Mr. Pachinian accused his historical enemy of having "declared war on the Armenian people" by attacking Nagorno Karabakh, a separatist region in Azerbaijan, populated mainly by Armenians and which has escaped Baku's control since the fall of the USSR.

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Fighting in Nagorno- Karabakh continues to escalate, with Armenia and authorities in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh which control the According to the Azeri side, self-defence forces from Artsakh (the Armenian side’s name for Nagorno- Karabakh ), spontaneously began massed

On Sunday morning, Azerbaijani artillery, rockets, drones and combat aircraft began a series of attacks on Armenian positions in the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The new round of fighting threatens to entangle Russia and Turkey in support of the opposing nations.

Ilham Aliev denounced him an Armenian "aggression" that he promised to "defeat" .

The two camps have been exchanging artillery fire since morning, have deployed armored vehicles and Azerbaijan has carried out aerial bombardments.

Half a dozen villages under control

The Karabakh authorities admitted to having lost 17 soldiers and more than a hundred others were wounded. Two civilians were also killed.

Baku has not released a report for its military, but reported the death of an Azerbaijani family of five.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has claimed to have conquered half a dozen villages under Armenian control, information denied by Yerevan. Baku also claimed the capture of a strategic height.

The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Karabakh, Araïk Haroutiounian, nevertheless admitted that “positions have been lost” .

Regional tensions

The Armenian Ministry of Defense assured him that "about 200 Azerbaijani soldiers died" . These assertions were unverifiable from an independent source.

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Karabakh flare-up. Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan were on the brink of all-out conflict Sunday after deadly clashes that claimed at least 24 lives sparked international calls for a halt to fighting . The opposition movement calling for an end to President Alexander Lukashenko's regime has kept

First, the war over Karabakh came to an end in 1994 with a cease-fire but without a peace agreement. A “line of contact” separates the parties in the contested In December 2015, the government was forced toward a floating exchange rate for its currency, the manat; in one day , the manat plunged 32

A major conflict involving Azerbaijan, near Ankara, and Armenia, near Moscow, could lead to the intervention of rival powers in the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. The clashes around Nagorno Karabakh have fueled regional tensions for more than thirty years.

The Armenian Prime Minister denounced on Sunday a Turkish "interference" in the conflict, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan having promised to help Baku "with all (his) means" in the face of "aggression" of Armenia.

The separatists also accused Ankara of supplying arms and mercenaries.

No detailed explanation for this outbreak of violence

In the wake of Moscow, France, mediator of the conflict with Russia and the United States within the framework of the Minsk Group, called for an end to hostilities, as well as Brussels and Berlin.

Neither side has given a detailed explanation for this outbreak of violence, each claiming to have responded to the provocations of the other.

The two camps also broadcast images of the destruction inflicted on the enemy: Azerbaijani tanks on fire, missiles hitting Armenian machines ...

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Military action halted after four days of fighting in Nagorny- Karabakh in which at least 64 people died. Azerbaijan and Armenian separatist authorities in the disputed Nagorny- Karabakh region have reached an agreement to end four days of fierce fighting over the disputed territory, Baku and

Fighting erupted over disputed separatist region of Nagorno- Karabakh . It was not immediately clear what sparked the fighting , the heaviest since clashes in July killed 16 people from both sides. The exact number of casualties is unknown, but both sides have admitted to at least 60 dead soldiers and

The two countries also declared martial law, Yerevan even decreeing general mobilization. In Baku and other major Azerbaijani cities, a nighttime curfew has been ordered.

Departure to the front on Sunday afternoon

In the center of the Armenian capital, several dozen volunteers gathered on Sunday afternoon to go to the front. The authorities handed them uniforms before leading them to the conflict zone some 300 km to the east.

“We expected Azerbaijan to start a war (...) they talked about it all the time with their war rhetoric. And we gathered here to help, to go and support our army ”, said one of the volunteers, Grigor Barekian, 29 years old.

Nagorny Karabakh was the scene of a war in the early 1990s which left 30,000 dead. Since then, Baku has wanted to regain control, while the peace talks have been paralyzed for years.

A “neglected conflict”

Clashes erupt there regularly but rarely of such magnitude. In 2016, clashes almost degenerated into war.

Deadly clashes also opposed Armenians and Azerbaijanis in July 2020.

Olesya Vartanyan, expert of the International Crisis Group, considered that this new escalation was explained in particular by the absence of international mediation despite the crisis of the summer.

“Since the coronavirus, the conflict has been neglected (...) even after the July clashes” , she regretted.

Karabakh: Several hundred members of the Armenian community demonstrate in Lyon .
Video: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: Macron worried about "warlike messages" from Turkey (France 24) Your browser does not support this video They are are gathered in Lyon to say "stop" to the war in the Caucasus © PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP A pro-Armenian demonstration took place in Lyon on Friday.

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