US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Stepanakert hit by gunfire, Armenia ready for mediation

19:40  02 october  2020
19:40  02 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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.

La principale ville séparatiste, Stepanakert, a été frappée par les forces azerbaïdjanaises, le 2 octobre 2020. © REUTERS The main separatist town, Stepanakert, was hit by Azerbaijani forces on October 2, 2020.

Fighting continues for the sixth consecutive day in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority separatist enclave in Azerbaijan. Yerevan says it is ready to engage with the Minsk group under the aegis of the OSCE to re-establish a ceasefire. For Baku, the only solution for stopping the fighting is the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the region.

In a press release dated October 2, Armenian diplomacy said it was ready to “engage with the countries co-chairing the OSCE Minsk group to re-establish a ceasefire based on the 1994-1995 agreements”.

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.

This announcement comes the day after a joint declaration by the French, Russian and American presidents whose countries have been piloting this mediation on Nagorno-Karabakh since the early 1990s. Azerbaijan, for its part, believes that Armenia must withdraw from separatist territory in order to stop “the escalation”.

Accusations against Turkey, Azerbaijan's main support

France, through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves le Drian, warned the two parties against the risk of an "internationalization of the conflict" and “escalation out of control”. At the same time, France accused Turkey of aggravating the situation by sending, according to her, "jihadists" from Syria to fight with the Azerbaijanis.

For his part, the Armenian Prime Minister says he has "evidence" of Ankara's military involvement in the conflict. He accuses him of having supplied Baku with military vehicles, weapons and 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.

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.

On the ground, the fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis rages this Friday, October 2 for the sixth day in a row. In the capital of Karabakh, Stepanakert, several explosions were heard.

The city was hit by Azerbaijani forces, the shelling causing "many injuries among the civilian population" and material damage, says the Armenian Defense Ministry.

The civil security and fire brigade building was particularly targeted by artillery fire. All the windows were smashed, says the special envoys of RFI, Anissa El Jabri and Bertrand Haeckler , and the reception post almost destroyed. There are no more offices inside the main building, the tires of the fire engines have exploded. In the parking lot, a gaping hole ...

All the personnel have been evacuated and, from time to time, a soldier passes a broom to pick up the broken glass on the ground. “Normally, we are all in this building day and night because it's war, but this was lunchtime. People had gone out to lunch, and a third of the duty staff remained. Azerbaijanis do not hesitate to target all civilian infrastructure, schools, nurseries. Shots almost hit the Red Cross building last Sunday, ”said Armen Narimanyan, spokesperson for the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The windows of neighboring houses have also suffered. This Friday, at midday, it was artillery fire but drones are also sent to the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Women, children and the elderly have been living for 5 days in the basements of buildings or bunkers.

Nagorno-Karabakh: summit meeting in Moscow to extract a ceasefire .
The heads of Azerbaijani and Armenian diplomacy are in Moscow (Russia) for negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh. Will they be able to come to an agreement to obtain a ceasefire? View on euronews © AP / Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service The heads of diplomacy of Russia (center), Armenia (right) and Azerbaijani (left), this Friday 09/10/2020, in Moscow (Russia) Azerbaijani and Armenian officials met this Friday in Moscow in Russia for negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh.

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