Offbeat Nagorno-Karabakh: new failure of a cease-fire

18:41  26 october  2020
18:41  26 october  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

Cease-fire not respected in Nagorno-Karabakh: whose fault is it?

 Cease-fire not respected in Nagorno-Karabakh: whose fault is it? © Provided by Le Point Armenia, Karabakh, conflict For Azerbaijan , it is the fault of Armenia . For Armenia, it is Azerbaijan's fault. While an humanitarian truce should have taken place this Sunday, October 18, , in Nagorno-Karabakh, each returned the responsibility. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed that the Armenian forces "blatantly broke the new agreement", denouncing enemy artillery fire.

The truce negotiated in Washington between Armenians and Azerbaijanis was not respected on Monday. Each side accuses the other of the continuation of hostilities. View on euronews

  Haut-Karabakh : nouvel échec d'un cessez-le-feu © Aziz Karimov / Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Another failure of a truce this Monday in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia and Azerbaijan each denounced a "gross violation" of the ceasefire by the opposing side.

The third attempt at a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh has failed. This Monday morning, just minutes after the entry into force of the truce negotiated in Washington, Armenians and Azerbaijanis mutually blamed each other for the continued fighting.

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

  Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued Thursday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat of Turkey and Russia being drawn into the conflict. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry accused Armenia of firing several ballistic missiles from its territory at the Azerbaijani cities of Gabala, Siyazan and Kurdamir, which are located far from the area of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. It said there were no casuaLties.The Armenian military rejected the claim as a “cynical lie.

The clashes have been going on for a month now in this region of the South Caucasus populated mainly by Armenians. More than half of the inhabitants, women and children have fled the fighting to Armenia. The death toll is thousands of dead, around 5,000 according to a figure put forward by Russia.

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian received a delegation of French parliamentarians in Yerevan on Sunday and said he was ready to compromise. But he also assured that the Armenian people were "not ready to surrender despite the losses". And a few days ago, he called for volunteers to join the front.

In addition, Armenia continues to strongly denounce the involvement of Turkey alongside the Azerbaijani forces.

The war in the Caucasus nears a bloody tipping point .
The battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan have claimed thousands of lives and may escalate further. This past weekend, the United States brokered a cease-fire between warring neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to some accounts, the uneasy truce barely lasted an hour. Instead, the conflict in the Caucasus rages on, marking the worst period of hostilities in the region in almost three decades. Civilian casualties are mounting, with both sides accusing the other of ferrying in foreign fighters and indiscriminately targeting urban areas with missile strikes and artillery fire.

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