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US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Emmanuel Macron denounces the sending of Syrian "jihadists" and denounces "a red line"

10:05  02 october  2020
10:05  02 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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

 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.

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Thursday of sending Syrian jihadists to fight in the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict, a move that he said changed the situation. “They also shared their concern regarding the sending of Syrian mercenaries by Turkey to Nagorno - Karabakh ,” it said.

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey on Thursday of sending Syrian jihadists to fight in the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict, a move that France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the media as he arrives for the second face-to-face European Union summit since the coronavirus

L'impact de tirs près d'une maison endommagée par un bombardement lors des combats dans la région séparatiste du Haut-Karabakh, dans la ville d'Agdam, le 1er octobre 2020. © Reuters The impact of gunfire near a house damaged by a bombardment during the fighting in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Agdam, October 1, 2020.

"A red line has been crossed" in Nagorno-Karabakh, Emmanuel Macron said overnight from Thursday to Friday. The French president denounced the sending of Syrian jihadists to the separatist region, where violent clashes continue to claim deaths. A team of journalists from Le Monde was also injured.

Calls for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh have not found any echo . Armenians and Azerbaijanis even "intensified" their fighting, Thursday, October 1, in this separatist region. "Jihadist" fighters would have been deployed there, according to Emmanuel Macron, raising fears of a further escalation of the conflict.

Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh: fear of Turkish intervention in the event of war

 Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh: fear of Turkish intervention in the event of war © REUTERS / Aziz Karimov An Azerbaijani soldier drives an armored transporter to Baku, Azerbaijan on September 27, 2020. A major conflict involving the Azerbaijan and Armenia could lead to the intervention of competing powers in the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. The latter immediately showed its unwavering support for Azerbaijan.

Emmanuel Macron , Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump condemned the escalation of violence and said both sides should resume negotiations for a peace settlement in Nagorno - Karabakh . According to a statement issued by the Kremlin on Thursday, the three leaders said they “mourn the victims and

The self-declared Nagorno - Karabakh Republic (officially named the Republic of Artsakh) enjoys close ties to Armenia (though Yerevan has not formally recognized the breakaway republic’s independence), while Azerbaijan insists that this area is its own territory. The stalemate regularly flares up as it has in

"According to our own information, 300 fighters left Syria to reach Baku via Gaziantep (in Turkey). They are known, traced, identified, they come from jihadist groups operating in the Aleppo region", declared the French president on the night of Thursday to Friday during a European Union summit in Brussels.

He had earlier denounced the deployment of "Syrian fighters from jihadist groups" who had passed through Turkey, Azerbaijan's most loyal ally, to join this secessionist territory supported by Yerevan.

"A red line is crossed"

Russia had reported similar information the day before to those of Emmanuel Macron, whose country is part with Russia and the United States of the "Minsk group" responsible for mediation in this conflict. The three presidents of the countries of this group have also called in a joint statement "the immediate cessation of hostilities".

Tensions in Karabakh: Armenia urgently seizes the European Court of Human Rights

 Tensions in Karabakh: Armenia urgently seizes the European Court of Human Rights © AFP / KAREN MINASYAN Armenia urgently seizes the European Court of Human Rights, while tensions in the breakaway region of Nagorno Karabakh continue. The country requests interim measures against Azerbaijan. Since Sunday, tensions have erupted in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday demanded that Turkey explain what he said was the arrival " A red line has been crossed, which is unacceptable," Macron said. Nagorno - Karabakh , a majority ethnic Armenian breakaway region inside Azerbaijan, declared independence after the fall of

Turkey has denied sending mercenaries, but said it will "do what is necessary" to support its ally. The three countries co-chair the Minsk Group, set up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to encourage a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the Nagorno - Karabakh dispute.

"Other contingents are preparing, roughly the same size (...) A red line is crossed (...) it is unacceptable", hammered the French president. "I will call the president (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan in the next few days because as co-president of the Minsk group I consider that it is the responsibility of France to ask for explanations", said Emmanuel Macron, in calling out to NATO, of which Turkey is part.

Turkey was also denounced by the Armenian Prime Minister, who said he had "evidence" of Turkish military involvement in the conflict. "Ankara supplied Baku with military vehicles, weapons, as well as military advisers. We know that Turkey has trained and transported thousands of mercenaries and terrorists from Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria," Nikol Pachinian said in an interview with French daily Le Figaro published on Friday, adding that Turkey was "venturing on a genocidal path".

Nagorno-Karabakh: Erdogan flies alongside his Azerbaijani “brother”

 Nagorno-Karabakh: Erdogan flies alongside his Azerbaijani “brother” © MURAD SEZER Demonstrators carrying a banner reading “Karabakh is Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is Turkey ”on Tuesday in Istanbul. By condemning the Armenian authorities with whom he is cold, the Turkish president intends to position himself against the Minsk group supposed to facilitate the resolution of the conflict and to project itself into the military field.

Follow RT for stories on Nagorno - Karabakh , including breaking news and the latest updates. Nagorno - Karabakh is in the news, as the disputed region on the Armenian-Azeri border is seen as part of Azerbaijan by Baku, and as an independent republic by Yerevan.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday that a group of Syrian militants has been deployed in the Nagorno - Karabakh conflict. "Today, we have information, with certainty, that indicates that militants from jihadist groups have left the field of combat in Syria to re-join the field

Le Monde reporters injured

On the fifth day of the clashes on the pitch, neither side appeared to have a decisive advantage, with Baku and Yerevan indicating that the clashes continued.

On site in Nagorno-Karabakh, the small town of Martouni, located about 25 kilometers from the front in separatist territory, was hit on Thursday by rocket fire with a violence never seen since the resumption of the conflict. Four civilians were killed by these shots, according to the separatists, and 11 people injured, including at least two French journalists from the daily Le Monde and two other Armenians.

Journalists, including an AFP team who was not injured, accompanied the local authorities to interview the population and see the damage when the city was bombed.

Since the resumption of hostilities, only partial reports have been communicated showing a total of 136 dead. Armenia announced that 104 soldiers and 13 civilians were killed. Baku refuses for its part to communicate military reports but announced the death of 19 civilians.

As of Sunday, Armenia claims that 1,280 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed and 2,700 wounded. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed that 1,900 Armenian soldiers were dead.

With AFP

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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