World Armenia, Azerbaijan trade accusations of breaching Karabakh ceasefire

14:50  10 october  2020
14:50  10 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, explained

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Countries to halt fighting at 12pm on Saturday to exchange prisoners and casualties.

A shaky ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno- Karabakh entered into force on Saturday after a deal was struck in Moscow between Baku and Armenia to allow prisoners and the bodies of the dead to be exchanged. It was not immediately clear how long the ceasefire , which

Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks on Saturday in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Thousands of people have had to flee their homes because of the fighting © BULENT KILIC Thousands of people have had to flee their homes because of the fighting

The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon (0800 GMT) Saturday, after 11 hours of talks in Moscow, but it took only minutes after the deadline for their forces to claim new attacks.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia have defied calls for a ceasefire amid the worst fighting in decades between the two over a disputed territory. Nagorno- Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan but governed by separatist ethnic Armenians . Years of negotiations have never resulted in a peace treaty.

Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday traded accusations over the shelling of each other’s territory in violation of a days-old ceasefire aimed at halting a Armenia -backed separatists seized control of Nagorny Karabakh , which is located inside Azerbaijan ’s territory but populated mainly by Christian

An ethnic Armenian enclave of Azerbaijan, Karabakh broke from the country's control in a war in the 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.

Its separatist government is strongly backed by Armenia, which like Azerbaijan gained independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and Baku accuses Yerevan of occupying the region.

The heaviest clashes since the war erupted on September 27, with more than 450 people reported dead, thousands forced to flee their homes and fears the fighting could escalate into a devastating all-out conflict.

Map of the Caucasus and surrounding region showing the world powers circling Nagorno-Karabakh © Patricio ARANA Map of the Caucasus and surrounding region showing the world powers circling Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said that "in disregard of the previously declared humanitarian ceasefire" Azerbaijani forces had launched an attack on the frontline at 12:05 pm.

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Azerbaijan ’s Defense Ministry accused Armenia of launching volleys of rockets at the town of Hadrut in disputed Nagorno- Karabakh and “intensively” shelling several Azerbaijani villages on Saturday morning. A representative from the Armenian Ministry of Defense denied that the country's forces had

Baku and Yerevan have agreed on a ceasefire in Karabakh from 12:00 on October 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after ten-hour talks in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported. The foreign ministers of Russia

a stack of pancakes on a track with smoke coming out of it: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mediated the talks between the two sides © ARIS MESSINIS Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mediated the talks between the two sides

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenian forces had also carried out attacks on the frontline and were shelling two populated areas.

"Armenia is blatantly violating the ceasefire regime," the ministry said in a statement.

The two sides also accused each other of attacks just before the ceasefire deadline.

- 'These people hate us' -

Karabakh's ombudsman Artak Beglaryan said missiles had been fired at the region's main city Stepanakert while Azerbaijan said at least five populated districts were under heavy shelling.

An AFP journalist in Stepanakert reported hearing blasts in the city before the ceasefire took effect, but it was calmer after noon, with isolated explosions in the distance.

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" Armenia -- and when I speak of Armenia , Nagorny Karabakh is its integral part -- is among the world's But in an unprecedented escalation since the 1994 ceasefire , both sides reportedly used On Thursday Armenia had said that Azerbaijan shelled its territory with large-calibre artillery, killing

Some residents were venturing out of their homes after days of taking shelter from shelling, rocket fire and drone attacks, but there was little hope the ceasefire would take hold for long.

"I lived for nearly 20 years in Azerbaijan, these people hate us," Vladimir Barseghyan, 64, told AFP in a workshop making uniforms for fighters at the front. "We don't believe in a ceasefire, they just want to gain some time."

In Barda, an Azerbaijani town about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the conflict zone, many residents who spoke to AFP were against the ceasefire and in favour of Baku pressing on with its campaign to restore its control of Karabakh.

"We don't want a ceasefire. They should leave our lands," said Zemfira Mammadova, a 71-year-old retiree.

"They should get out, and let our people live a normal life. We have nothing to do with them and they should stay away from us."

The ceasefire deal had been announced after talks between the two countries' top diplomats mediated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

He said the truce had been agreed "on humanitarian grounds" and would allow for exchanges of prisoners and bodies.

Azerbaijan, Armenia report shelling of cities despite truce

  Azerbaijan, Armenia report shelling of cities despite truce BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of attacking large cities overnight in violation of the cease-fire deal brokered by Russia that seeks to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azerbaijani authorities said Sunday that nine civilians have been killed and over 30 wounded after Armenian forces fired missiles overnight on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, and hit a residential building. According to Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's office, the city of Mingachevir also came under missile attacks early Sunday.

Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces have agreed on an immediate ceasefire after nearly four days of fighting in the disputed Nagorno- Karabakh region. The announcement came from the Armenian separatists and Azeri defence ministry. Ethnic Armenians have controlled the mountainous enclave in

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- Call for 'substantive negotiations' -

Lavrov also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to "substantive negotiations" on resolving the dispute over Karabakh, with France, Russia and the United States continuing as longtime mediators.

France on Saturday called for the ceasefire to be strictly respected "in order to create the conditions for a permanent cessation of hostilities."

Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, which borders both Armenia and Azerbaijan, about Moscow's mediation efforts, the Kremlin said.

Karabakh's declaration of independence has not been recognised by any country -- even Armenia -- and the international community regards it as part of Azerbaijan.

The return of fighting has stoked fears of a full-blown war embroiling Turkey, which strongly backs Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a military treaty with Armenia.

Turkey said Saturday that the ceasefire agreement was an important first step but that Armenia had a "last chance" to withdraw from Karabakh.

Since the conflict restarted both sides have accused the other of shelling areas populated by civilians and thousands of people have been displaced by the clashes.

Stepanakert is dotted with damaged buildings and unexploded ordnance following days of shelling. AFP journalists have also witnessed destruction in villages in Azerbaijan near the front line.

More than 50 civilians have been confirmed killed on both sides and the Armenians have acknowledged over 400 military deaths, while Azerbaijan has not admitted to any fatalities among its troops.


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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