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World Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes: How the world reacted

17:11  27 september  2020
17:11  27 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region

  Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region Long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan appear to have flared up in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, with both sides accusing each other of attacking civilians. © Armenian Defense Ministry/AP A photo released by the Armenian defense ministry appears to show an Azerbaijani tank being destroyed on September 27, 2020. The neighboring former Soviet republics have long been at odds over the territory -- which is situated within the borders of Azerbaijan -- and fought a war over it that finished in 1994.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have put themselves on a war footing after heavy clashes erupted over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Amid the rising tensions, the international community has reacted to Sunday’s fighting between the two arch-enemies. This story will be updated as more

Mobilisation follows alleged Azerbaijani attack on disputed region Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have put themselves on a war footing after heavy clashes erupted over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

a person standing on a rocky hill: Ethnic Armenian soldiers walk in a trench at their position near Nagorno-Karabakh's boundary, [File: Staff/Reuters] © Ethnic Armenian soldiers walk in a trench at their position near Nagorno-Karabakh's boundary, [File:... Ethnic Armenian soldiers walk in a trench at their position near Nagorno-Karabakh's boundary, [File: Staff/Reuters]

Amid the rising tensions, the international community has reacted to Sunday’s fighting between the two arch-enemies.

Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day

  Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day Azerbaijan and Armenia are reporting more casualties as the violent flare-up between the two Caucus nations continued for a second day. © Provided by Washington Examiner On Monday, forces tied to the two countries reportedly exchanged rocket and artillery fire in the escalating battle that began on Sunday. The fighting is raising fears of a wider conflict in the region and the possibility that Turkey, which backs Azerbaijan and Russia (which has a mutual defense agreement with Armenia), could become involved.

Clashes have broken out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991. For four decades they have been stuck in an unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

2018 Armenian – Azerbaijani clashes . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Armenia's Foreign Ministry confirmed and condemned Azerbaijan's actions at the border as "unacceptable and irresponsible steps aimed at escalating the situation".

This story will be updated as more reactions come in.

Turkey

Azerbaijan’s ally Turkey blamed Armenia for the flare-up and promised Azerbaijan its “full support”.

“While I call on the Armenian people to take hold of their future against their leadership that is dragging them to catastrophe and those using it like puppets, we also call on the the entire world to stand with Azerbaijan in their battle against invasion and cruelty,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter, adding that Turkey will “increasingly continue” its solidarity with Baku.

Earlier, his spokesman Ibrahim Kalin accused Armenia of violating a ceasefire with Azerbaijan “by attacking civilian locations”.

Democrats warn Turkey over involvement in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

  Democrats warn Turkey over involvement in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict Congressional Democrats are warning Turkey against getting involved in the contested southern caucus territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia threatens a wider regional conflict.Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that "the influence of external actors such as Turkey recklessly meddling in the conflict is troubling" and called for allRep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that "the influence of external actors such as Turkey recklessly meddling in the conflict is troubling" and called for all sides to end hostilities and resume negotiations.

Armenia 's defense ministry said its troops had destroyed three tanks and shot down two helicopters and three unmanned aerial vehicles. "Our response will be proportionate, and the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the situation," the ministry said in a statement.

Thousands have demonstrated in Azerbaijan calling for war after recent deadly clashes with neighbouring Armenia . Protesters marched through the capital Baku demanding the government fully deploy the army, with some even entering the national parliament. Security forces responded with

Meanwhile, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said recent hostilities could end “throw[ing] the region into fire,” while promising Ankara’s backing to Baku.

“The biggest obstacle to peace and stability in the Caucasus is the hostile stance of Armenia, and it must immediately turn back from this hostility that will send the region into fire,” Akar said.

“We will support our Azerbaijani brothers with all our means in their fight to protect their territorial integrity,” he added.

France

France, a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group mediating between Armenia and Azerbaijan in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the decades-old Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, called on Yerevan and Baku to end hostilities and immediately restart dialogue.

“France is extremely concerned by the confrontation,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.

Along with the United States and Russia, France is co-president of the Minsk group.

'Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?': Armenia’s president pleas for urgent international support

  'Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?': Armenia’s president pleas for urgent international support Armenian President Armen Sarkissian issued a stern warning to the international community on Wednesday, as tensions flare between Armenia and Azerbaijan. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Imagine Caucasus becoming another Syria?" Sarkissian told CNBC's Hadley Gamble from Yerevan."The international community has to realize that if you don't interfere now, then Caucasus will become another huge problem," Sarkissian cautioned.

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Armenia says neighbouring Azerbaijan has attacked civilian settlements in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and its residents to seek refuge in shelters as the worst Arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a territorial dispute over the mainly ethnic- Armenian region for decades.

Russia

Fellow Minsk Group co-chair Russia also called for an immediate ceasefire.

“We are calling on the sides to immediately halt fire and begin talks to stabilise the situation,” the Russian foreign ministry said.

European Union

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, called for a halt to fighting and an “immediate return to negotiations”.

“Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent a further escalation,” Michel tweeted, calling for “an immediate return to negotiations, without preconditions”.

Germany

Germany also called for an “immediate” halt to the fighting, urging a return to dialogue to resolve the dispute.

“I call on both parties to the conflict to immediately stop all hostilities, especially the shelling of villages and towns,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement, voicing “alarm” at reports of civilian casualties.

“The conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region can only be resolved through negotiations,” added the German foreign minister, whose country currently holds the rotating European Union presidency.

The Vatican

Pope Francis said he is praying for peace in the Caucasus region.

“I pray for peace in the Caucasus and I ask the parties in the conflict to make gestures of goodwill and brotherhood that may lead to resolving problems not with the use of force and weapons, but through dialogue and negotiation,” the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said.

Why Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting, and why it could get uglier .
The countries have fought for years over a breakaway region, but this time, the U.S. isn't helping to mediate, and other major powers are picking sides.International observers and analysts warn that, unlike during previous clashes along the two countries' shared border, it may be hard to negotiate peace this time, not least because NATO member Turkey has backed Azerbaijan and the United States appears uninterested in playing the vital role of arbiter.

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