US News In Yerevan, the mobilization is in full swing for the war in Nagorno Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh: France and the Pope call for an end to hostilities
HAUT-KARABAKH-FRANCE: Nagorno-Karabakh: France and the Pope call for an end to hostilities © 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.
In front the building of the military police station on Alabiana Street in Yerevan, dozens of Armenians wait, some smoking cigarette after cigarette, others already in military fatigues. They are preparing to go to the front in Nagorno Karabakh.
Every minute, cars or taxis drop off new recruits in front of the gates of the concrete building dating from the Soviet era, while others came on foot to this district in the north-west of the Armenian capital.
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Of all ages, many say they have received an order to mobilize, others have come to volunteer to fight or help.
"A large number of people are here because we all understand that we must act to defend our homeland against the aggressor who is trying to impose his law on us," Kamo, 32, a factory worker, told AFP. of glass.
"Here, there are 18 year olds and even old people. Everyone knows what we are fighting for," he continues, resolutely. "It's sad of course, we have losses. But we are not afraid. This is our land, we will die but we will not abandon it".
The fighting has been raging since Sunday in Nagorny Karabakh, a separatist region recognized as Azerbaijani by the international community, but inhabited by an Armenian majority and supported by Yerevan. The territory was the subject of a war in the 1990s, which left more than 30,000 dead, and since then periodic deadly clashes.
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Having already claimed the lives of at least 98 people according to probably very partial reports, these clashes, the worst since 2016, seem to be increasing in intensity every day. The two camps reject the responsibility for hostilities and reject any compromise, threatening the stability of the South Caucasus, a volatile region where the interests of several powers are in competition.
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In Yerevan, the war has so far had little impact, life following its course on the streets of the city center. Giant flags were hung from some buildings, however, while tails were visible outside blood donation centers, which authorities called on Armenians to surrender.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have decreed mobilization and martial law. And a belligerent speech has fueled patriotic fervor in both countries in recent weeks.
Armenians and Azerbaijanis continue the fighting, despite international appeals
© Provided by Le Point Azerbaijan and Armenia have been uncompromising and determined to fight, after four days of bloody clashes in Nagorny Karabakh, a separatist Azerbaijani territory backed by Yerevan, ignoring international calls for a ceasefire. After visiting wounded soldiers in a hospital, martial, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev vowed to continue the struggle until the "total, unconditional and prompt withdrawal" of the Armenian forces.
In Azerbaijan, Baku as in other cities, many men of fighting age have volunteered to go to the front, while the authorities claim to have made territorial gains, which the Nagorno Karabakh authorities, they deny.
In front of the Yerevan military station, the fervor is in any case very palpable.
"My cousin is going to war", indicates Robert Gasparyan, a 20-year-old student who says he himself fought during summer clashes in Tavouch, on the northern border between the two countries, clashes that had already witnessed growing tensions because far from Karabakh.
"What is happening now is a hundred times worse compared to what I saw" in July, explains the young man, who came to accompany his mobilized cousin.
The armies of both countries have reported the use of heavy artillery and drones by the adversary. Fearing a dangerous escalation and foreign interference, Armenia reported on Tuesday the destruction of one of its planes by Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, which the latter denied.
"It is a war to the death and we must go to the end", asserts an Armenian volunteer, a 63-year-old teacher who was questioned in Yerevan but who did not wish to give his name. "We want to defend our homeland and live in peace. It is not too much to ask."
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Your browser does not support this video Half of the population of Nagorno Karabakh has been displaced by the hostilities between this separatist territory populated by Armenians and Azerbaijan, authorities said Wednesday. A conflict described as "tragedy" by Vladimir Putin. © ARIS MESSINIS / AFP The Karakbakh authorities have accused Azerbaijan of blindly shelling their capital Stepanakert (here in the picture) since Friday.