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World Nagorno-Karabakh. Emmanuel Macron received the Armenian president for a ceasefire

23:52  22 october  2020
23:52  22 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks

  Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated Wednesday, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting continues for a third week despite a cease-fire deal. In a statement compounding fears of a wider conflict, Armenian Defense Ministry claimed it reserves the right to target Azerbaijani military objects and troop movements. That followed an announcement by the Azerbaijani military that it destroyed an Armenian missile system “targeted ... to inflict casualties among the peaceful population and to destroy civilian infrastructure.

Emmanuel Macron et Armen Sarkissian, à l’Elysee le 22 octobre. © CHARLES PLATIAU / POOL / EPA / MAXPPP Emmanuel Macron and Armen Sarkissian, in Elysee on October 22.

The French President welcomed his Armenian counterpart to discuss the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Emmanuel Macron continued Thursday October 22 its diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh by receiving Armenian President Armen Sarkissian at the Elysee Palace, after speaking on the phone with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian and with the President Azerbaijani Ilham Aliev.

Armenia on Wednesday excluded any "diplomatic solution" with Azerbaijan in this conflict, amid previously unsuccessful efforts by the international community to negotiate a lasting truce.

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The Head of State had already participated in mediation on October 17, alongside Russia and the United States, which resulted in a promise of a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan which was very quickly violated .

"Substantial negotiations"

The Russian president said on Thursday that the death toll since fighting resumed in late September between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh "is approaching 5,000" .

The Minsk group, which brings together Russia, France and the United States, is trying to work for "substantial negotiations" but which require "a peaceful climate" , recognized the Elysee.

France has decided to send medical aid to the injured, details of which will be clarified in the coming days, adds the French presidency.

The war in the Caucasus nears a bloody tipping point .
The battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan have claimed thousands of lives and may escalate further. This past weekend, the United States brokered a cease-fire between warring neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to some accounts, the uneasy truce barely lasted an hour. Instead, the conflict in the Caucasus rages on, marking the worst period of hostilities in the region in almost three decades. Civilian casualties are mounting, with both sides accusing the other of ferrying in foreign fighters and indiscriminately targeting urban areas with missile strikes and artillery fire.

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