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US News "We were prepared for war, not such violence": Armenia seeking support for Nagorno-Karabakh

12:50  26 october  2020
12:50  26 october  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

Russia starts maneuvers in the Caspian Sea

 Russia starts maneuvers in the Caspian Sea In view of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the exercise should also be a warning - to the two states themselves, but certainly also to Turkey. Ankara sees itself as Baku's protective power. © Tass / imago images Archive photo of an earlier exercise by the Russian Navy in the Caspian Sea In the midst of the crisis in the Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia began a large-scale military maneuver in the Caspian Sea.

Nagorno - Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, but its population is majority Armenian . As the Soviet Union saw increasing tensions in its constituent republics in the 1980s, Nagorno - Karabakh voted to become part of Armenia - sparking a war which stopped with a ceasefire in 1994.

A house is destroyed by shelling during a flare-up of violence in the city known as Stepanakert for the Armenians and Khankendi to Azerbaijan. Foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan have attended talks on Friday over the flare-up of violence in the region of Nagorno - Karabakh in Moscow

REPORTAGE - Un mois après le début du conflit au Haut-Karabagh, les blessés s'accumulent côté arménien. Le troisième cessez-le-feu négocié ce week-end a été rompu quelques minutes après son instauration lundi matin. © Reuters

REPORTAGE - One month after the start of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the wounded accumulate Armenian side. The third ceasefire negotiated this weekend was broken a few minutes after its establishment on Monday morning.

The streets of Yerevan, capital of Armenia, display their soldiers. On giant screens, the images of young men in fatigues, smiling and weapons in hand, parade. They are accompanied by the hashtag "#NousGagnerons". However, the reality seems quite different in this 30-year-old conflict, rekindled last September 27 following an exchange of fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, a self-proclaimed republic 95% populated. Armenians.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of not respecting the cease-fire

 Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of not respecting the cease-fire ARMENIA-AZERBAIDJAN: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of not respecting the cease-fire © Reuters / STRINGER ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN S ' ACCUSED OF NOT RESPECTING THE Ceasefire Yerevan / Baku (Reuters) - Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating the new ceasefire that had just entered into force in the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh. This cease-fire agreed on Saturday normally applies from this Sunday at 00:00 local (20:00 GMT).

The conflict in Nagorno - Karabakh continues despite two ceasefire deals between Armenia and PM Pashinyan Should Announce Withdrawal of Armenian Forces for Karabakh Ceasefire to Happen - Aliyev. Full Interview: Conflict in Nagorno - Karabakh is Liberation War for Azerbaijan, President

The 2020 Nagorno - Karabakh war is an ongoing armed conflict between Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, supported by Armenia

"In a month of conflict, the forces of Azerbaijan advanced through the south of Nagorno-Karabakh ", explains Jonathan Lacôte, French Ambassador to Armenia who considers "all possibilities" and therefore a defeat for Armenia . Last week, Azeri troops approached the Latchin corridor. This thin area, between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, constitutes the only path between the two territories (the second road is cut off because it is not secure). "If the corridor falls, Nagorno-Karabakh would be surrounded. A massacre of the remaining populations would then be very likely," sighs Hovannès Guevorkian, representative of Nagorno-Karabakh in France.

The balance sheet is growing on the Armenian side

Under the hammering of the Azeri bombings, supported by Turkish and Israeli drones, 90,000 inhabitants have already fled their territories according to Artak Belgarian, defender of human rights in Kharabagh. A figure confirmed by the French ambassador for whom 50 to 60% of the 150,000 Armenians have fled Artsakh. The town of Martouni, practically razed to the ground, and the destroyed Stepanakert hospital, have only accelerated the exodus of women and children. The men remained on the front lines.

Pachinian does not see a diplomatic outcome on Nagorno-Karabakh

 Pachinian does not see a diplomatic outcome on Nagorno-Karabakh ARMENIA-AZERBAIDJAN: Pachinian does not see a diplomatic outcome on Nagorno-Karabakh © Reuters / PHOTOLURE PACHINIAN DOESN'T SEE A DIPLOMATIC OUTLET ON THE TOP -KARABAKH MOSCOW (Reuters) - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian ruled on Wednesday that there was no diplomatic solution at this stage to the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. "Anything that is diplomatically acceptable for the Armenian side (...) is no longer acceptable for Azerbaijan", Nikol Pashinian said, quoted by

Nagorno - Karabakh is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but is under ethnic Armenian control. Clashes that began in the region in September quickly escalated into a large-scale conflict, with the shelling of towns and cities and the alleged use of banned cluster munitions.

Nagorno - Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but the enclave is controlled by ethnic Armenians . The latest fighting, which erupted on 27 September, has been the most intense in decades, with hundreds killed so far on both sides. A ceasefire brokered by Russia was agreed by the

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The majority of injuries come from drones, mines and rockets with cluster munitions

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And the death toll is increasing. Vladimir Putin advanced the figure of 5,000 dead. Difficult to confirm this figure, but on the heights of Yerevan, in the cemetery of the heroes, the military ceremonies are linked while the bodies are buried in haste. In the military hospital, the wounded accumulate. 500 of the 650 beds are reserved for war wounds. In the intensive care unit, young men crippled, disfigured and invaded by spasms of pain pile up. "The majority of injuries come from drones, mines and cluster rockets," said Mikayel Manukyan, executive director of the hospital.

These faces testify to an unexpected harshness of the fighting. "We were prepared for war, but not for such violence", testifies an Armenian diplomatic source. "We need weapons," adds a second source. Words which illustrate the isolation of Armenia in this conflict, while its adversary can count on the unfailing support of Turkey.

Nagorno-Karabakh: negotiations break down between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Washington

 Nagorno-Karabakh: negotiations break down between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Washington © Karo Sahakyan / Armenian Government / AFP The hope of finding a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is dwindling after the failure of a new round of negotiations Friday in Washington between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers. Hopes of finding a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are dwindling after another round of negotiations failed this Friday, October 23 in Washington. A disappointment for all those who wait for diplomacy to take over arms.

Nagorno - Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Yerevan government since 1994 and the There are concerns that a prolonged war could drag in Russia, which sells weapons to both countries but has a military alliance with Armenia .

It is the biggest eruption in a decades-old conflict between the former Soviet republics over the disputed Nagorno - Karabakh region since a 1994 ceasefire. The disputed enclave in the Caucasus Mountains lies 50 kilometers from the Armenian border. Soldiers backed by Armenia occupy the territory, as

A new ceasefire already broken

This is in substance the message delivered by the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian during a meeting with some fifteen French transpartisan parliamentarians (LREM, Modem, LR and PS) who came show their support for the Armenian people. The Prime Minister affirmed his will to resolve this conflict through diplomatic channels. "Armenia is ready to compromise, but Armenia is not ready to capitulate" he insisted on several occasions. The prime minister could therefore cede land to Azerbaijan "if we have guarantees for the security of the people." Recognition of the territory would be one, a peace force present in Nagorno-Karabakh would be another.

Nikol Pachinian also warned European nations about the danger that Turkey represents, which he considers "the first instigator of the conflict". He adds: "The conflict is not limited to Nagorno-Karabakh, it is much more global. Turkey has expansionist and imperialist wills", before qualifying Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as "the new Hitler".

This Sunday, at nightfall, Nikol Pachinian appeared on the giant screen in Republic Square in the heart of Yerevan, in front of an audience of galvanized soldiers. A little later in the evening, after negotiations in Washington, the two countries announced the establishment of a humanitarian "cease-fire" as of Monday 8 am. The first two had not held the day . This was broken after only four minutes.

Azerbaijani army about to take key city from Armenians .
© AFP / Karen MINASYAN An Armenian in the devastated town of Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh. The city is under threat from Azerbaijani troops. If Shusha falls, much of the Armenian separatist region could fall over. The Azerbaijani army has gained the upper hand over the Armenian separatist fighters. It threatens a key city and especially to cut the only road connecting their "capital" Stepanakert to Armenia. Propaganda has its limits.

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