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Canada Nagorno-Karabakh. The bombings undermine the hopes of a truce

19:15  11 october  2020
19:15  11 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

The two journalists from Le Monde injured in Nagorno-Karabakh being evacuated to Yerevan then Paris

 The two journalists from Le Monde injured in Nagorno-Karabakh being evacuated to Yerevan then Paris Artillery fire by Azerbaijani forces killed four civilians and injured eleven people in the town of Martouni, 20 kilometers away from the front line. Nagorno-Karabakh is about mountains, valleys, gorges and caves, rivers and fruits. And the war. Larvae, frozen, sometimes resuscitated, often ignored, and so for twenty-six years and the ceasefire that saw Azerbaijan lose 13% of its territory, to the benefit of Armenia.

The leader of the Nagorno - Karabakh , Arayik Harutyunyan, described the situation as “calmer” on Sunday, but said the truce was precarious. 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

Truce comes into force but countries accuse each other of derailing deal.

Des secours azerbaïdjanais emportent ce dimanche 11 octobre une victime des bombardements à Gandja, la deuxième ville du pays. © AFP / Bulent Kilic Azerbaijani relief workers killed a victim of the bombing in Gandja, the country's second largest city on Sunday, October 11.

A ceasefire, negotiated in Moscow by Russia, should have entered into force on Saturday 10 October. But again this Sunday, Armenian separatist forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azerbaijani army accuse each other of continuing the bombing of civilian areas.

Nagorno-Karabakh: from Baku to Yerevan, communication war and patriotic fever

 Nagorno-Karabakh: from Baku to Yerevan, communication war and patriotic fever © Narek Aleksanyan / AFP Soldiers of the Nagorno-Karabakh defense army, under Armenian supervision, in a truck towards Martakert, September 29, 2020 It has been five days since the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed over Nagorno-Karabakh, this tiny landlocked territory in Azerbaijan where just over 70,000 Armenians live. A war on the ground still undecided, with exchanges of fire and buses. A communication war too.

The French government, also mediating talks, said things could be moving towards a 'fragile truce '.

The truce was agreed overnight on Friday following intense talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in Moscow. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said that there are “currently no conditions” to implement the truce as long as Armenia continues to

Still no exchange of prisoners or bodies on this Sunday, October 11. It was, however, an announced objective of the humanitarian ceasefire, negotiated the day before in Moscow by the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers. It should have entered into force on Saturday October 10 at midday. But since then, Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused themselves of violating the truce agreement and of continuing the bombing of civilian areas.

Armenia wants to discuss with the OSCE to reestablish a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

 Armenia wants to discuss with the OSCE to reestablish a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh AZERBAIDJAN-ARMENIA: Armenia wants to discuss with the OSCE to re-establish a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh © Reuters / AZIZ KARIMOV ARMENIA WANTS TO TALK WITH OSCE TO REBUILD A Ceasefire in Upper KARABAKH by Nvard Hovhannisyan EREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia said on Friday it was ready to talk with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to restore a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, where fighting has continued for six days.

Nagorno - Karabakh : The Multipolar Conflict 5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. In the military realm, a Syria-style deployment of a small Russian air group with associated air defenses, support personnel, and advisors, would instantly inflict defeat on Azeri forces, though a protracted campaign would be

It is the biggest eruption in a decades-old conflict between the former Soviet republics over the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region since a 1994 ceasefire. The disputed enclave in the Caucasus Mountains lies 50 kilometers from the Armenian border.

Le Nagorny-Karabakh. © Ouest-France Nagorny-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan claims Armenian separatists struck at night Gandja, the country's second city, killing nine civilians. AFP journalists confirm that they saw rescuers at work in the rubble of a building, from which two bodies were extracted.

Des immeubles endommagés par des bombardements azerbaïdjanais à Stepanakert, la capitale du Nagorny-Karabakh. © REUTERS Buildings damaged by Azerbaijani bombing in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. "War is with soldiers, and we are civilians"

"A stone fell on my face, I opened my eyes and another stone fell. I said to myself, what is that, and I couldn't see anything, everything was in a cloud of dust ”, tells a resident, Akifa Baïramova, 64 years old, black eyes due to the debris. having touched. “They are barbarians, not humans. War is with soldiers, and we are civilians. We were sleeping ", loses another neighbor, Zaguit Aliev, 68.

Karabakh: Several hundred members of the Armenian community demonstrate in Lyon

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A man gestures in the yard of a house destroyed by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, in Nagorno - Karabakh , Oct. The two countries agreed to a truce on Friday evening after 11-hour talks chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

The Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh and seven surrounding districts

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev denounced on Twitter "flagrant violation of the ceasefire" and "war crime" .

Armenia has blatantly violated the ceasefire regime and launched a missile attack on innocent residents in the city of Ganja. This is a war crime and gross violation of the Geneva Conventions.

- Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz) October 11, 2020

Same belligerent tone on the Armenian side: “Yesterday like today, (Azerbaijan) continues to hit (the separatist capital) Stepanakert and other towns, targeting them civilian populations and Armenian military positions ”, said the spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Defense.

On the other hand, the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities denied having bombed Gandja: "It is an absolute lie" . The breakaway region's capital, Stepanakert, was also the target of at least three waves of bombing overnight from Saturday to Sunday, AFP journalists said.

War in Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan claims to act in accordance with international law

 War in Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan claims to act in accordance with international law © Adrien Vautier Artillery debris in the town of Martouni. Baku, whose territory has suffered strikes, has never recognized the secession of its former province populated mainly by Armenians, and emphasizes respect for territorial integrity. Ilham Aliyev is adamant. After eleven days of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijani president did not vary his speech an inch. He, like his people, wants a ceasefire to be achieved "as soon as possible", but it must meet specific conditions.

Nagorno - Karabakh is recognised internationally as Azerbaijan’s territory but has a mostly Armenian population who have resisted Azerbaijani rule for more than a Fighting with heavy artillery, warplanes and drones has engulfed Nagorno - Karabakh despite numerous international calls for a truce .

The leader of the Nagorno - Karabakh region described hostilites with Azerbaijan as "calmer" on Sunday, the second day of a cease-fire. But several incidents of shelling were reported over night and the truce is under immense strain.

More than 80,000 civilians have fled the enclave. Many have reached Goris, the large border town 170 km from Yerevan, the Armenian capital.

The humanitarian truce, negotiated by forceps by Russia, is for the moment a failure. But the Kremlin, very embarrassed by the resumption of this old conflict on its southern border in its zone of influence, does not despair of eventually imposing it.

Discussion between Russians and Turks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke on the phone with his counterpart in Turkey, the main military support for Azerbaijan. A Russian statement after their conversation called on "the need to strictly adhere to all provisions" of the agreement.

Azerbaijan, with Turkish backing, has warned that its military operations will not cease definitively until after an Armenian withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh. The fear is that this conflict will become international, Ankara encouraging Baku to offensive and Moscow being bound by a military treaty in Yerevan.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev said in an interview published in Russia on Sunday that Ankara "must play an increased role in the region and in resolving the conflict" .

Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan want a humanitarian ceasefire. .
In the conflict over the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan are making a fresh attempt to cease fire. On Sunday night at midnight local time (10 p.m. CEST), a “humanitarian ceasefire” should come into force. The foreign ministries of both countries announced this on Saturday evening. The authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh reported early Sunday morning (local time) that the situation along the front line had calmed down.

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