World Nagorno-Karabakh. Putin, Macron and Trump together call for an immediate ceasefire

19:35  01 october  2020
19:35  01 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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.

Un homme montrant les restes d’un missile retrouvé lors des combats (photo d’illustration) © AFP A man showing the remains of a missile found during the fighting (photo illustration)

France, Russia and the United States have signed a joint statement Thursday to demand an end to the fighting which has recently resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, territory that Armenia and Azerbaijan have been fighting for several years.

Russian Presidents Vladimir Poutine, French President Emmanuel Macron and American President Donald Trump call on Thursday, October 1 in a joint statement for the immediate cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh , separatist Azerbaijani territory supported by Armenia .

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As leaders of the three countries of the Minsk group, formed in 1992 to mediate this issue, the three presidents call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately engage in resuming negotiations on founded under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

We condemn in the strongest terms the escalation of recent violence on the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, add the leaders of the three countries, who are thus coordinating their diplomatic efforts to end the conflict after have each expressed themselves in this direction in recent days, in dispersed order.

Syrian jihadist fighters in Karabakh according to Macron

Arriving Thursday in Brussels where a European summit is being held, the French President revealed that he has information today with certainty which indicates that Syrian fighters from jihadist groups have left the theater of operations by passing through Gaziantep to join this theater of operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, explained

  The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, explained Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded since fighting between the two former Soviet republics broke out on Sunday. It is unclear what flared the so-called "frozen conflict," which stretched into its fifth consecutive day on Thursday, but the fighting has already been the worst in decades. The fighting has exacerbated tensions between NATO allies France and Turkey.

This is a very serious new and game-changing fact, he added.

At least 128 dead since resumption of conflict

The Minsk group has never succeeded in ending the clashes along the front line. Nagorny Karabakh (or Nagorno-Karabakh), mostly populated by Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan at the end of the USSR, leading to a war in the early 1990s that left 30,000 dead.

Large-scale fighting between Azerbaijani forces and Yerevan-backed separatists resumed on Sunday and continued on Thursday. According to partial reports, they killed at least 128 people.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, Vladimir Poutine and Emmanuel Macron had once again called for a truce.

The day before, in Riga, Emmanuel Macron had also expressed concern about war declarations from Turkey, which supports Baku . Russia, which enjoys cordial relations with the two ex-Soviet republics, has also expressed concern about the role of Turkey, its geopolitical competitor in the region.

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Erdogan wants a total "withdrawal" of the Armenians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that a ceasefire in Nagorny Karabakh requires the withdrawal of Armenian forces from this separatist enclave. “A lasting ceasefire in this region depends on an Armenian withdrawal from all Azerbaijani territory,” the Turkish president said during a speech in parliament. Speaking shortly before the release of the joint France-Russia-United States statement, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused members of the so-called "Minsk" group of having "ignored for 30 years" the Nagorny Karabakh problem. "Their quest now for a ceasefire is unacceptable," he added.

Turkey said on Tuesday it was determined to help Azerbaijan "recover its occupied lands" in Nagorno Karabakh, the scene of heavy fighting between Baku and Armenian-backed separatists. Recep Tayyip Erdogan called this week for an end to the Armenian "occupation" of Nagorno Karabakh to end the deadly fighting.

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© Presidency of Azerbaijan, AFP Members of emergency personnel, in an area of ​​the city of Gandja, after a rocket attack that allegedly took place on October 4, 2020, during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in the secessionist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. In Nagorno-Karabakh, fighting intensified on Monday between the Armenian separatist forces and Azerbaijan.

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