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

13:30  02 october  2020
13:30  02 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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

 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.

The self-declared Nagorno - Karabakh Republic (officially named the Republic of Artsakh) enjoys close ties to Armenia (though Yerevan has not formally For the second time this year, another round of fighting has broken out in Nagorno - Karabakh , home to the longest-running war on former Soviet soil.

Baku will also keep some gains inside Nagorno - Karabakh , Azeri refugees Yerevan also accused Azerbaijani forces of deadly new strikes on civilian areas of Karabakh, as both “ Nagorno - Karabakh has been fighting against the Azerbaijani-Turkish terrorist tandem for over a month now.

Des soldats de l'armée de défense du Haut Karabakh, sous tutelle arménienne, dans un camion vers Martakert, le 29 septembre 2020. © 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. Unable to travel to Azerbaijan, Baku hardly accepts any journalists. On the other hand, Yerevan, which has supervision over Nagorno-Karabakh, has chosen to open its doors widely to the international press.

Nagorno-Karabakh caught between Armenia and Azerbaijan

 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.

The Russian peacekeeping mission in the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region has demanded that Baku and Yerevan stick to the November ceasefire agreement as Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other for weekend truce violations.

of Nagorno - Karabakh , located in the south west of Azerbaijan, declared independence, sparking a major war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Despite efforts to reach a negotiated settlement, in recent years there has been a growing fear that the two countries would return to war , especially as

With our special correspondent in Yerevan, Anissa El Jabri

On the narrow road which winds between the green and misty peaks of Nagorno-Karabakh circulates every day at least one bus chartered by the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A vehicle dedicated to the press flowing in from Europe, the Middle East or the United States. In this conflict, Armenia wants to show the image of an open and welcoming country.

This does not prevent the government communication from claiming to have found in the pockets of the uniforms of the soldiers who died in the camp in front of small doses of drugs. Unverifiable comments. Baku would also - this is what spokespersons for the Armenian army say - deliberately targeted the journalists injured on Thursday by shrapnel from rockets. Both are doing better, their condition has stabilized and their evacuation is being organized.

Canada concerned about broader conflict as renewed fighting erupts on Armenia's border

  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.

Baku and Yerevan agreed to suspend all military actions, starting at noon on Saturday, for “humanitarian” reasons. The pause in fighting will allow for captured prisoners to be swapped and the bodies of soldiers who have fallen on the frontlines to be exchanged, Lavrov told the media.

(Redirected from Nagorno Karabakh War ). The Nagorno - Karabakh War , referred to in Armenia as the Artsakh Liberation War , was an ethnic and territorial conflict that took place in the late 1980s to May 1994, in the enclave of Nagorno - Karabakh in southwestern Azerbaijan

Communication war, just plain war on the ground. On the Armenian side, many are very young among those who die these first days. Eighteen, twenty. Very seriously injured too. In six hours of road, we counted this Thursday a dozen ambulances back to the capital. On this same route, via Nagorno-Karabakh, also circulated, imperturbable, large trucks from Iran, loaded for the Yerevan markets with carrots, chickpeas and spices.

“Restoration of our sovereignty”

What about Azerbaijan? In Baku, the capital, a large part of the population supports the military effort, hoping to recover by arms the territory lost in the 1990s. “Right now in Baku, as a sign of solidarity, there are flags of the 'Azerbaijan everywhere on buildings, on cars, testifies Rizvan Gusseinov, a resident of the capital, joined by Daniel Vallot , our correspondent in Moscow. People are united: they come together to help the army, to send cigarettes, clothes. Although not necessary, it is a symbol of popular support.

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.

Baku has dubbed them "complete nonsense" and "cheap political propaganda." In turn, Azerbaijan's security service claimed it wiretapped the radio communications of Syrian and Iraqi Kurds supporting the Armenian war effort in Nagorno - Karabakh .

Since then, Nagorno - Karabakh has remained part of Azerbaijan but is controlled by separatist ethnic Armenians backed by the Armenian government. Nagorno - Karabakh was an ethnic-majority Armenian region, but the Soviets gave control over the area to Azerbaijani authorities.

Rizvan Gusseinov is in no doubt responsible for the conflict. “In our eyes, this war is unfortunately necessary, because it was Armenia and Nikol Pashinian who made the peace negotiations fail. And now, only military intervention can force them back to the negotiating table. »

What is the final objective? “You know,” he continues, “Nagorno-Karabakh is a very important region for us. Let us not forget the hundreds of thousands of people who lost everything during the war, in the 1990s. This is the objective of our country today: the return of all these refugees to their villages and the restoration of our sovereignty over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. "

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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.

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