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

23:50  09 october  2020
23:50  09 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 territory now understood to be Nagorno - Karabakh , home primarily to ethnic Armenians when Nagorno - Karabakh would become part of Turkey’s regional ally, Azerbaijan (though the “Caucasian At first, the British filled the vacuum left by the retreating Turks. In 1919, London tried unsuccessfully

Nagorno - Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, but its population is majority Armenian . As the Soviet Union saw increasing tensions in its constituent republics in the 1980s, Nagorno - Karabakh voted to become part of Armenia - sparking a war that stopped with a ceasefire in 1994.

Des soldats arméniens tenant leur position près d'une frontière du Haut-Karabakh, le 8 avril 2016. (photo d'illustration) © 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. An anonymous Armenian, settled for several years in France, decided to return to his country to fight. He confided in RFI.

He is 31 years old and does not wish to give his name. And by the time we meet him, he's about to take off. His luggage is ready. "It's the bare essentials: medicine, equipment to survive the night, to light, to sleep ...", he describes.

Deadly fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, the EU calls for calm

 Deadly fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, the EU calls for calm © Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan / Handout via REUTERS Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, September 28, 2020. The Fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the tone continues to rise between Azerbaijan and Armenia. There is great concern that the two countries could slide into a deadly war over this mountainous territory, disputed since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to halt hostilities in the contested Nagorno - Karabakh after marathon talks in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. The Russian leader called on Baku and Yerevan to cease hostilities and return to negotiations on Thursday.

Armenian forces in Nagorno - Karabakh mourn a lost war but doubt that peace will last. Ethnic Armenian soldiers withdraw from the separatist “Rescuers found one man alive today,” said a 40-year-old soldier, an Armenian who left his home in St. Petersburg and a job at a granite plant to fight .

He grew up in Armenia and knows the Nagorny-Karabakh well, since it is in this region that he did his two years of military service. It was also there that his two brothers had already joined the Armenian forces. He is in contact with them, even if the exchanges are brief. “Very short words. '' Yes, everything is fine '', slips the fighter.

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“It's my duty”

He has lived and worked in France for seven years, where he arrived for his studies. He will soon receive French nationality. It is to return to fight in Armenia that he has just obtained a leave of absence from his employer. “I still waited two, three days before making a big decision. It is heavy to bear, but it is my civic duty. I have a decent life in France, but I also think about all those who are in the galleys. "

Before saying goodbye to his French colleagues, he explained his choice to them:" I had support, but some also tried to keep me in France. And I totally understand their approach. The thirty-something hopes to return in six weeks.

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Thousands of Armenians gathered to demand "recognition" of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh .
© Provided by Le Point "Artsakh is ours", thousands of Armenians - between 15 and 20,000 depending on the organizers, 4,200 according to the police - demanded Sunday at Paris the "recognition" by France and the international community of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, scene of violent fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

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