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World A possible short-term truce in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Paris

15:25  09 october  2020
15:25  09 october  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Nagorno - Karabakh , also known as Artsakh (Armenian: Արցախ), is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus, within the mountainous range of Karabakh, lying between Lower Karabakh and Zangezur

ARMENIA-AZERBAIDJAN: A possible short-term truce in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Paris

UNE TRÊVE POSSIBLE À COURT TERME AU HAUT-KARABAKH, SELON PARIS © Reuters / STRINGER A POSSIBLE SHORT-TERM TRUCE IN UPPER KARABAKH, ACCORDING TO PARIS

by Nailia Bagirova and Nvard Hovhannisyan

BAKOU / YREVAN (Reuters) - A truce could come into force soon in Nagorno-Karabakh, where the conflict between Armenian separatists and Azerbaijani forces resumed in late September, France said on Friday, then that talks should start in Moscow.

"The President of the Republic met again with the Prime Minister of Armenia Mr. (Nikol) Pashinian last night, and with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. (Ilham) Aliev this morning. towards a truce soon, even if the situation is still fragile, "said the Elysee, in a message to Reuters.

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The Nagorno - Karabakh War, referred to in Armenia as the Artsakh Liberation War, was an ethnic and territorial conflict that took place in the late 1980s to May 1994

The self-proclaimed authorities in Nagorno - Karabakh said 87 of their military personnel had been killed and 120 wounded since the fighting began on Sunday, according to the Armenpress news agency. They put the fatality figure on the Azerbaijani side at nearly 400, saying that one aircraft

"We have coordinated our efforts since the beginning of the week with (Russian President) Vladimir Putin. We will work out a resumption of negotiations in the coming days. Both Mr. Pachinian and Mr. Aliev reiterated, like the President of the Republic , their attachment to the Minsk group, within the framework of which these peace efforts are continuing, ”added the French presidency.

This group responsible for mediating between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh is co-chaired by France, the United States and Russia.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have confirmed the arrival, this Friday in Moscow, of their heads of diplomacy for talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, where the fighting continues.

"Baku and Yerevan have confirmed their participation in the Moscow talks. Preparations are underway," said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, quoted by the RIA news agency.

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  France struggles for Karabakh peace breakthrough amid fierce fighting France struggles for Karabakh peace breakthrough amid fierce fightingYEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - A French attempt to relaunch peace talks over Nagorno-Karabakh showed no sign of a breakthrough on Saturday as Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for re-igniting their decades-old conflict.

Nagorno - Karabakh profile. Published. 6 April 2016. In 1988, towards the end of Soviet rule, Azerbaijani troops and Armenian secessionists began a bloody war which left the de facto independent state in the hands of ethnic Armenians when a truce was signed in 1994.

Nagorno - Karabakh is among those places in the world where there is no historically correct evidence on whose claim is stronger. It was always too distant and difficult to control for any particular power to become dominant in ethnicity or religion. Armenians and Azeris have been living there in a patchwork

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeikhun Bayramova were invited by the Kremlin on Thursday.

STEPANAKERT BOMBARDED

It is not known whether they should meet. For the moment, there has been no direct contact between the two parties since the resumption of fighting on September 27 in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region of Azerbaijan populated mainly by ethnic Armenians.

These clashes, of unprecedented intensity since those which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, have left more than 400 dead. The links between Azerbaijan and Turkey, which, according to Paris, is already involved militarily, raise fears of an internationalization of the conflict, just like the defense agreements between Moscow and Yerevan.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC), which brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, said on Thursday that it could intervene in the event of a threat to sovereignty Armenian.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister agreed to attend talks with French, Russian and American representatives on Thursday, but nothing leaked out. His Armenian counterpart is due to meet them Monday in Moscow.

According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, heavy fighting continued overnight, despite the diplomatic efforts of the Minsk group.

Stepanakert, which the Nagorno-Karabakh separatists consider the capital of their state, was shelled on Friday morning, according to the local defense ministry.

Since the resumption of the conflict, 31 civilians have been killed and 154 injured on the Azerbaijani side, according to Baku. The separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh report 376 soldiers and 22 civilians killed.

(With Michel Rose in Paris, Alexander Marrow and Maria Kiselyova, French version Jean-Philippe Lefief)

How the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been shaped by past empires .
A fateful decision by Stalin, and divisions drawn by the Soviet Union, still reverberate in a historic conflict that has recently re-erupted on the battlefields of the Caucasus.Residents of Stepanakert, the capital of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, enter a building damaged by a missile attack on October 3, 2020. While the majority population of the territory is ethnic Armenian, it is considered part of Azerbaijan by most of the international community.

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