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Ireland Nagorno-Karabakh: France and the Pope call for an end to hostilities

15:45  27 september  2020
15:45  27 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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“I am gravely concerned about reports of military escalation of the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict. I call on our Member States Armenia and Azerbaijan to show responsibility and restraint by immediately stopping hostilities . “When entering the Council of Europe, both countries committed themselves to

Hostilities broke out earlier in the day along the region’s frontline, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of launching a full-blown offensive against Nagorno - Karabakh . Baku, in turn, countered by saying the country’s armed forces are on a counteroffensive to protect the population against Armenian attacks.

HAUT-KARABAKH-FRANCE: Nagorno-Karabakh: France and the Pope call for an end to hostilities

HAUT-KARABAKH: LA FRANCE ET LE PAPE APPELLENT À CESSER LES HOSTILITÉS © Reuters / Reuters Staff HAUT-KARABAKH: FRANCE AND POPE CALL FOR END HOSTILITIES

PARIS / EREVAN (Reuters) - France expressed its deep concern on Sunday at the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh and called on the two camps to immediately cease hostilities and resume dialogue, a the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"France is deeply concerned by the large-scale clashes underway in Nagorno-Karabakh and the reports of victims in particular among the civilian population. It calls for an immediate end to hostilities and a resumption of dialogue," said the door. - speech of the Quai d'Orsay.

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Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović-Burić calls for an immediate end to the military operations around Nagorno Karabakh . I call on our Member States Armenia and Azerbaijan to show responsibility and restraint by immediately stopping hostilities .

The Nagorno - Karabakh War had ended with a ceasefire in 1994, but since multiple violations of the ceasefire occurred, the most serious being the 2016 Nagorno - Karabakh clashes and the July 2020 clashes. France called on Yerevan and Baku to end hostilities and immediately restart dialogue.

"In her capacity as co-chair of the Minsk group, France, together with its Russian and American partners, reiterates its commitment with a view to reaching a negotiated and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in respect of international law", she added.

France is part of the Minsk group responsible for mediation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The two former Soviet republics have been opposed for decades over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan populated mainly by Armenians who proclaimed its independence with the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

In the Vatican, Pope Francis declared for his part "(that he prayed) for peace in the Caucasus and (that he asked) the parties in conflict to make gestures of goodwill and brotherhood which could lead to the resolution of the problems, not by using the force and arms, but through dialogue and negotiations. "

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Russia has voiced deep concerns about intense hostilities lingering in Nagorno - Karabakh , and is ready to undertake mediation efforts, the Russian Named after the capital of Belarus, the Minsk Group – co-chaired by France , Russia and the US – is working on settling the decades-long conflict

Nagorno - Karabakh (Artsakh) is a region in the South Caucasus. The names for the region in the different local languages all translate to "mountainous Karabakh", or "mountainous black garden". The word "nagorno" is Russian for "mountainous/on the mountain", "kara" is Turkish for "black"

Sunday, Nagorno-Karabakh, then Armenia, decreed general mobilization after a rise in tensions, Armenia and Azerbaijan accusing each other of shellfire.

Armenia accuses Azeri forces of firing shells at the region, while Azerbaijan accuses Armenian forces of bombing Azeri military and civilian positions.

Sign of these increased tensions, the Ministry of Defense of Nagorno-Karabakh announced at the beginning of the afternoon that the army had destroyed four helicopters, 156 drones and ten tanks of Azerbaijan during the clashes on Sunday morning.

Armenia accuses Azeri forces of firing shells at the region, while Azerbaijan accuses Armenian forces of bombing Azeri military and civilian positions.

On both sides, the shots were said to have claimed victims.

According to the Interfax agency, the military authorities of Azerbaijan, for their part, considered that it was not necessary to carry out a total military mobilization, the strength of the country's army being currently complete.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, has launched an appeal to the Armenian people to take their destiny in hand against, he said, "leadership which is leading them towards disaster".

(John Irish, Philip Pullella, Nailia Bagirova, Nvard Hovhannisyan and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, Gilles Guillaume for the French version)

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of targeted attacks on civilians. .
In the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the South Caucasus, Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of targeting civilians. The Azerbaijani presidential adviser Hikmet Hajjev wrote on the Twitter short message service on Sunday evening that the Armenian armed forces had launched rocket attacks against "Azerbaijani civilians and civil infrastructure".

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