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Canada Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan want a humanitarian ceasefire.

01:25  18 october  2020
01:25  18 october  2020 Source:   ksta.de

Diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting in the struggling Nagorno-Karabakh

 Diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting in the struggling Nagorno-Karabakh © Francisco Seco, AP Pro-Armenian protesters shout Armenian slogans and wave Armenian flags near EU institutions in Brussels, October 7 2020. Discussions are to be held Thursday in Geneva and Monday in Moscow as part of efforts by France, Russia and the United States to try to open negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh. Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting have so far been unsuccessful.

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

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.

Eine Frau steht in den Ruinen ihres Hauses, das durch Beschuss seitens aserbaidschanischer Artillerie zerstört wurde. © picture alliance / dpa A woman is standing in the ruins of her house that was destroyed by shelling by Azerbaijani artillery.

A week ago, both sides agreed on a cease-fire with the mediation of Russia. However, this agreement was broken shortly after it came into force. Both countries blamed each other for this.

Nagorno-Karabakh: meeting with an Armenian, who left France to return to fight at his home

 Nagorno-Karabakh: meeting with an Armenian, who left France to return to fight at his home © Staff / Reuters Armenian soldiers holding their position near a border in Nagorno-Karabakh, April 8, 2016. (photo by ' illustration) Negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan began this Friday, October 9 in Moscow, after almost two weeks of deadly fighting in the Nagorny-Karabakh enclave. This territory, populated by Armenians, claims its independence while it is located within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.

The Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh , inhabited mostly by ethnic Armenians

Armenia and Azerbaijan have said they agreed to a " humanitarian truce" starting at midnight local time. The announcement comes after Azerbaijan said 13 Read more: Nagorno - Karabakh 's record growth in ruins amid conflict and pandemic. Nagorno - Karabakh is internationally recognized as part

France wants to monitor the situation closely.

France welcomed the humanitarian ceasefire that evening, which had also come about after French mediation. "This ceasefire must be unconditional and strictly adhered to by both parties," it said from the Elysée Palace. France will “follow the situation very closely” and “will continue to campaign for a permanent cessation of hostilities and the early start of credible talks.”

Previously, there had been new fights with dead and injured. Azerbaijan reported heavy attacks by the Armenian side on Saturday night on Ganja, the country's second largest city. The civil protection ministry in the capital Baku announced that 13 people were killed in the rocket fire. Armenia also blamed the neighboring country for attacks.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire in their conflict over the enclave of Nagorno Karabakh , according to a readout published by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The ceasefire will start Saturday at noon (4 a.m. ET) and will be carried out "for humanitarian purposes, for the exchange of

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of attacking residential areas as the conflict over the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh conflict in pictures. Fighting flared last month and has killed hundreds of people. "At night, once again violating the humanitarian ceasefire , the Azerbaijani

Armenia denies responsibility for ganja attack

Azerbaijan spoke in Ganja out of 50 injured. The bodies were found, for example, under the rubble of destroyed houses. Children are said to have been among them. Images spread from Azerbaijan showed rescue workers looking for survivors in destroyed houses. Search dogs were also used. The authorities spoke of considerable damage.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called the attack on television a war crime and threatened that the Armenian leadership would be held accountable. Armenia, however, rejected a responsibility and in return accused the warring neighbor of being behind the attack and of using this as "propaganda" against the Armenians.

Fire ceasefire for humanitarian reasons

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Armenia in turn reported rocket attacks by the Azerbaijani side, including the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. At least three civilians were injured in Stepanakert. Both sides accused each other of having again violated the ceasefire.

Pain and pride at the funeral of an Azerbaijani soldier

 Pain and pride at the funeral of an Azerbaijani soldier © Bulent Kilic The family of an Azerbaijani soldier killed in Nagorno Karabakh, in a cemetery, October 15, 2020 "Oh my son!": Kneeling on the grave of an Azerbaijani soldier killed in Nagorno Karabakh, a crying mother recites a prayer. In the distance echoes the sound of shells falling on the front line. "He left his mother alone. He left his sisters too.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have negotiated a humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno - Karabakh starting at 00.00 on Sunday, October 18, the Armenian The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno - Karabakh , a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict . image copyrightEPA. Azerbaijan and Armenia have defied calls for a ceasefire amid the worst fighting in decades between the two over a disputed territory. The US, France and Russia jointly condemned the fighting in Nagorno - Karabakh , in the southern Caucasus.

In the evening, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged both sides to abide by the agreement. According to his Ministry in Moscow, he telephoned his colleagues from Azerbaijan and Armenia, Jeyhun Bayramov and Sohrab Mnazakanjan.

Lavrov reminded them that the ceasefire also served humanitarian reasons. In addition, both sides had declared their readiness for "substantial negotiations" with the aim of reaching a peace settlement as quickly as possible, it said.

Information cannot be independently verified.

The EU also again called on both sides to comply with the ceasefire. "All attacks on civilians and civil facilities must come to an end," said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday. The European Union regrets the shelling of the Azerbaijani city of Ganja.

The Foreign Office in Berlin appealed that both countries should "immediately return to the path to a peaceful and lasting conflict resolution". In addition, the people affected by the conflict should now receive help.

The information from the conflict region cannot be checked independently. The Azerbaijan military announced that it had shot down an Armenian fighter jet. The Armenian Defense Ministry immediately denied this and declared that it had shot down two drones from the opposing side.

Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: strike on a residential area of ​​Azerbaijan's second city

 Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: strike on a residential area of ​​Azerbaijan's second city © Bulent Kilic, AFP Rescue workers looking for survivors after a bombing in Gandja, Azerbaijan's second city, October 17, 2020 The city of Gandja, in Azerbaijan, was hit by a missile on Saturday, hours after bombings on Stepanakert, the capital of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Washington and Paris insist on the need to reach a ceasefire.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire within minutes of it coming into force on Saturday. The ceasefire , to allow for the exchange of prisoners and the recovery of dead bodies in the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh , came into force at midday

Foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan have attended talks on Friday over the flare-up of The move came as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno - Karabakh The meeting marks the first breakthrough in international efforts to try and broker a ceasefire between the

Mountainous region fought over for decades.

Azerbaijan reported further gains in terrain at the front. Aliyev also said his military had taken control of the city of Fizuli and seven surrounding villages. This region borders on Nagorno-Karabakh and was occupied by Armenia.

The two ex-Soviet republics have been fighting for decades for the mountainous region with around 145,000 inhabitants. Nagorno-Karabakh is controlled by Armenia, but under international law it belongs to the Islamic part of Azerbaijan. In a war that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union some 30 years ago, Azerbaijan lost control of the area. A fragile ceasefire has existed since 1994.

Thousands of people have fled the mountain region, which is predominantly inhabited by Christian Karabakh Armenians. The Armenian Defense Ministry said more than 600 soldiers had been killed since the new fighting began on September 27. Azerbaijan has so far not provided any information on losses in its armed forces. More than 50 civilians were killed in Armenian attacks.

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The conflict escalated again on Sept. 27, when Nagorno-Karabakh officials said 16 military members and several civilians had been killed in heavy clashes not seen in several years. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan are backed by powerful foreign actors, whose full agendas remain unclear.Almost immediately after the escalation on Sept. 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quick to publicly voice Turkey's support for Azerbaijan, describing the alliance as "one nation, two states" on Twitter.

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