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World New attempt for ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

01:25  18 october  2020
01:25  18 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify

  Nagorno-Karabakh volunteers get weapons as clashes intensify MARTUNI, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces rages on in the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, its residents are joining volunteer squads to defend their towns. The Ovanisyan family and their neighbors were called Wednesday to receive their Kalashnikov rifles to help protect Martuni, a town close to the front line in the eastern part of the region. “I was summoned to the recruitment office to give me a gun so I can defend my land. I am always ready to fight for the well-being of my children," said Valery Ovanisyan, a 64-year-old Martuni resident.

A Russian-brokered ceasefire was agreed last Saturday to allow the sides to swap detainees and the bodies of those killed, but it broke down as both sides continued carrying out attacks. DW recommends. Nagorno - Karabakh conflict: Several dead in missile strikes on Azerbaijani cities.

The fresh ceasefire in Nagorno - Karabakh comes after a truce agreed last weekend failed to hold. Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh . The two confirmed the truce would begin at midnight local time (20:00 GMT).

In the conflict over the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new "humanitarian ceasefire". This should apply from midnight. It remains to be seen whether the agreement will hold.

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Doubts are in any case appropriate. After all, a ceasefire has actually been in place since last week, but the fighting continued. Most recently, ganja, the second largest city in Berg-Karbach, was fought over. The Azerbaijani government in the capital Baku said that 13 people were killed by rocket fire.

Nobody claims it was

Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the attack. Armenia rejected this, however, and in return accused the hostile neighbor of being behind the attack themselves and of using this as "propaganda" against the Armenians.

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 2020 Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ongoing armed conflict between Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, and the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, supported by Armenia

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict. media captionThe BBC's Jonah Fisher: "People here are understandably nervous". Armenia's foreign ministry has said it "stands France, Russia and the US, which co-chair the OSCE Minsk mediation group, have called for a ceasefire , but so far Azerbaijan has not given a

The conflict that had been going on for decades flared up again at the end of September after a period of relative calm. Hundreds of people have been killed since the beginning of the fighting, including dozens of civilians.

Nagorno-Karabakh had unilaterally declared its independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union . This was followed by a war with 30,000 dead in the 1990s. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is still not recognized internationally and is considered part of Azerbaijan under international law. Most of it is inhabited by Armenians.

Für die Zerstörungen in der Stadt Ganja will weder Aserbaidschan noch Armenien verantwortlich sein © Ismail Coskun / IHA / dpa / picture-alliance Neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia want to be responsible for the destruction in the city of Ganja

observers fear that the conflict could develop into a proxy war between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus. Turkey supports neighboring Azerbaijan in the conflict. Russia has good relations with both sides, but is considered to be Armenia's military protective power.

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Russia appeals to Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire .
Russia appeals to Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefireYEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Russia made a new appeal to Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop fighting in and around the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh after the warring sides accused each other of fresh ceasefire violations on Wednesday.

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