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US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of having violated the new "humanitarian truce"

09:40  18 october  2020
09:40  18 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

Stepanakert, no looting in the ghost capital of the "Black Garden"

 Stepanakert, no looting in the ghost capital of the © ARIS MESSINIS A supermarket in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karanakh, October 7, 2020. Contrary to what generally happens elsewhere, war does not take place here accompanied by no looting Under other skies, everything would have already been stolen. Here, nothing has changed. Emptied of nearly half of its inhabitants, Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, is completely spared from the looting that usually accompanies wars.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh . The two confirmed the truce would begin at midnight Fighting flared last month over a region internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but which is run by ethnic Armenians .

Armenia and Azerbaijan have said they agreed to a " humanitarian truce " starting at midnight local time. The announcement comes after The foreign ministries of Armenia and Azerbaijan said in a statement on Saturday that they had agreed on a ceasefire, which will begin at midnight local time.

Un homme dans les ruines d'un immeuble détruit par un bombardement, dans la région du Haut-Karabakh, à Stepanakert, le 17 octobre 2020. © REUTERS - STRINGER A man in the ruins of a building destroyed by a bombardment, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region , in Stepanakert, October 17, 2020.

One week after a first ceasefire, concluded but never respected, between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno Karabakh, a new "humanitarian truce" came into effect on Saturday at midnight, but Yerevan accused Baku of having immediately raped her.

Armenia on Sunday (October 18th) accused Azerbaijan of having violated a "humanitarian truce" which had just entered into force in Nagorno Karabakh by bombing the region.

"The enemy fired artillery fire in a north direction between 12:04 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. (8:04 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. GMT Saturday) and launched rockets towards the south between 2:20 a.m. and 2:45 a.m.," the spokeswoman said on Twitter. Armenian Ministry of Defense Shushan Stepanyan. Azerbaijan did not immediately react.

In Goris, Armenia, solidarity is organized to welcome displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh

 In Goris, Armenia, solidarity is organized to welcome displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh © France 24 Volunteers organize song workshops with displaced young people at the Nexus Center for the Arts. As the fighting continues to rage in Nagorno-Karabakh, women and children are fleeing the enclave in large numbers. They find refuge in Armenian territory. In Goris, solidarity is organized everywhere to welcome them. Reportage. Normally, hotels in Goris, Armenia, welcome tourists who come to admire the majestic mountain landscapes.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight, both The new agreement was announce following phone calls between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey “ Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of taking this territory militarily rather than the negotiations over which both

Armenia and Azerbaijan have said they agreed to a " humanitarian truce " starting at midnight those killed, but it broke down quickly as both sides continued carrying out attacks, while accusing each other of violating the ceasefire. Nagorno - Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan

A few hours earlier, the Armenia and Azerbaijan had announced an "humanitarian truce" from midnight Saturday October 17, according to statements from the foreign ministries of the two countries. “The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed on a humanitarian truce from October 18 at midnight local time,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirmed the information in an identical statement.

Emmanuel Macron on Saturday evening "welcomed" the humanitarian truce announced by Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Elysee said in a statement.

French mediation

The French presidency adds that this truce was concluded "at the end of a French mediation conducted over the last days and hours in coordination with the co-presidents of the Minsk group".

France welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan

 France welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan ARMENIA-AZERBAIDJAN-FRANCE: France welcomes the announcement of a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan PARIS (Reuters) - France welcomes the announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which should allow an exchange of prisoners and the bodies of those killed during conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Azerbaijan and Armenia said skirmishes in and around the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region were hindering a humanitarian truce secured by Russia in overnight talks, although fighting had eased. The former Soviet republics blamed each other for violating the cease fire in the south of the conflict zone.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week urged his counterparts in Armenia and Azerbaijan to ‘strictly follow’ a ceasefire deal. It will be the warring sides’ second attempt to declare a ceasefire to quell almost three weeks of clashes. Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting over the

"This cease-fire must be unconditional and strictly respected by both parties. France will be very attentive to it and will remain committed so that hostilities cease durably and that credible discussions can quickly begin", adds the French presidency. .

The French president had several times on the phone on Saturday, October 17 Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev .

A fragile truce

For a week, a first humanitarian truce agreement negotiated under the aegis of Moscow to put an end to the conflict which began on September 27 between Azerbaijanis and Armenian separatists from Nagorno-Karabakh had never been applied.

And Azerbaijan swore Saturday October 17th to "avenge" the death of thirteen civilians in the night bombardment of Gandja, the second city of the country, further escalation of the conflict.

Washington and Paris, which together with Moscow form the Minsk group, have insisted again since Friday evening on the need to stop hostilities.

Nagorny Karabakh or Nagorno-Karabakh, mainly populated by Christian Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan, a Turkish-speaking Shia Muslim, shortly before the breakup of the USSR in 1991, leading to a war that left 30,000 dead. A ceasefire, punctuated by clashes, had been in effect since 1994.

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Nagorny Karabakh: in bombed Martakert, a mayor in time of war .
© ARIS MESSINIS Micha Gyurjian, the mayor of Martakert, in Nagorny Karabakh, in a building in his city destroyed by a bombardment, October 19, 2020 Sitting in an office in the basement, with two wired telephones in front of him, Micha Gyurjian, the mayor of Martakert, manages as best he can this city which has been regularly bombed since the end of September in the northeast of Nagorno Karabakh.

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