Canada Karabakh: Several hundred members of the Armenian community demonstrate in Lyon
Karabakh. At least 24 dead in one day, the world calls for an end to the fighting
© 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.
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Against the backdrop of escalating fighting between Azerbaijanis andin the , hundreds of members of the community of Armenian origin gathered in Lyon to say "stop" to the war in the Caucasus and to denounce the role of Turkey. "We have come together to tell France that the aggression of against Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh] is the result of a deliberate and Machiavellian will of Turkish expansionism", denounced Jeanine Paloulian from the podium. , co-chair of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France (CCAF), alongside several elected officials from the Lyon region gathered in the pouring rain in front of the prefecture.
Nagorno-Karabakh caught between Armenia and Azerbaijan
© Reuters (Archive) Armenian soldiers in a trench near the town of Martuni, in Nagorno-Karabakh, in April 2016. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet Caucasian republics, have held each other in stubborn hatred for decades over territorial conflict. Spotlight on two neighbors that everything opposes and who still clash since Sunday in deadly fights. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for almost a hundred years.
Nagorny-Karabakh, mostly populated by Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan, leading to a war in the early 1990s that left 30,000 dead. The front, almost frozen since then, despite regular clashes especially in 2016, has experienced an upsurge in fighting since the summer. In the eyes of the Armenian community, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who openly supports Azerbaijan in the conflict, and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev are primarily responsible for the escalation of the conflict.“Aliyev dictator! "
Under the umbrellas, many red, blue and yellow flags of Nagorno-Karabakh were raised, as well as placards and banners which read:" Free Artsakh! "," Aliyev dictator! "," Peace in Artsakh! "," Stop criminal Azerbaijan "," Long live the free Artsakh republic! ". Several events have been organized this week in France at the call of the CCAF, notably in Valence and Marseille, where large communities of Armenian origin reside.
Canada concerned about broader conflict as renewed fighting erupts on Armenia's border
With Armenia and Azerbaijan now pounding each other's tanks and troops from the ground and the air, a regional conflict over an old battleground in the South Caucasus Mountains is threatening to spiral into something larger and much harder to control. Canada is warning against escalation, while one expert warns that the conflict could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe if it persists. The enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh — internationallyCanada is warning against escalation, while one expert warns that the conflict could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe if it persists.
The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has suddenly intensified this week with strikes on the capital of the separatist region, despite several calls for a ceasefire. According to official reports, probably very partial, the fighting that broke out on Sunday left 190 dead: 158 separatist soldiers, 13 Armenian civilians and 19 Azerbaijani civilians.
But the toll could be much higher, with Armenia claiming 1,280 Azerbaijani soldiers died, while Baku claims to have killed 2,300 opposing soldiers. President Emmanuel Macron met on Friday with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev, whom he again called on to declare a ceasefire in Nagorny Karabakh, the Elysee said.
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