US News Azerbaijan declares martial law, curfew in Baku

21:40  27 september  2020
21:40  27 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une capture d’image tirée d’une vidéo mise à disposition sur le site Web officiel du ministère de la Défense arménien le 27 septembre, montrerait la destruction de véhicules militaires azéris lors d’affrontements entre les séparatistes arméniens et l’Azerbaïdjan dans la région séparatiste du Haut-Karabakh. © AFP PHOTO / ARMENIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY An image capture from a video made available on the official website of the Armenian Ministry of Defense on the 27th September, would show the destruction of Azeri military vehicles during clashes between Armenian separatists and Azerbaijan in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan declared martial law on Sunday (September 27th) as well as a curfew in Baku and several other major cities, after the resumption of hostilities between the Nagorny Karabakh separatists, backed by Armenia, and the forces Azerbaijani.

"Martial law will be introduced from midnight as well as a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m." , in Baku, in several major cities as well as in areas close to the Karabakh front line, told the government. press spokesman for the Azerbaijani presidency, Hikmet Hajiyev.

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He also affirmed that the Azerbaijani forces had taken Mount Murovdag in Nagorny Karabakh, a site described as "strategic" which culminates at 3,000 meters because it is key for land communications between Armenia and the separatist territory whose control has eluded Azerbaijan for decades.

Azerbaijan also claim to have taken half a dozen villages from their opponent on Sunday, which Armenia has denied, however.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of having started hostilities on Sunday on the Nagorny Karbakh front line, leading to the most important fighting in this region since 2016.

Nagomy Karabakh: a region under tension

Nagorno Karabakh is a secessionist region of Azerbaijan, populated mainly by Armenians and supported by Armenia.

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It was the scene of a war in the early 1990s that left 30,000 dead, and since then the Azerbaijani authorities have wanted to regain control, by force if necessary. Peace talks have been deadlocked for many years.

Fighting regularly opposes separatists and Azerbaijanis, but also Yerevan and Baku. In 2016, serious clashes almost degenerated into war in Karabakh, and deadly fighting also pitted Armenians and Azerbaijanis on their northern border in July 2020.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Friday threatened Armenia with reprisals for his aggressive behavior, citing the July clashes, and accused Yerevan of deliberately frustrating the Karabakh peace talks.

He also estimated that Armenia was preparing tens of thousands of men with one goal, to attack Azerbaijan. Baku has used its immense oil reserves to spend lavishly on armaments.

The Kremlin: arbiter of the region

Armenia, much poorer, is on the other hand closer to Russia, which has a military base there. Yerevan is also part of a Moscow-led politico-military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

The Kremlin, which positions itself as arbiter in the region, delivers arms to both countries. And for nearly 30 years he has managed to avoid open war.

International mediation on Karabakh, called the Minsk Group, includes, in addition to Moscow, France and the United States.

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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