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World Pompeo to meet Armenian, Azeri ministers over Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

11:51  23 october  2020
11:51  23 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Russia appeals to Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

  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.

Why are Azerbaijan and Armenia fighting over Nagorno - Karabakh ? 17:31 GMT – Azeri president agrees to Azerbaijan - Armenia : More casualties in Nagorno - Karabakh ’s main city. Armenia and Azerbaijan were moving “towards a truce” to end fighting over Nagorno - Karabakh , the French

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop fighting over the breakaway Nagorno - Karabakh region, as each side traded accusations of firing outside the conflict zone.

By Nailia Bagirova and Nvard Hovhannisyan

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits London © Reuters/SIMON DAWSON FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits London

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces clashed in several areas of Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, hours before talks were due to start in Washington to try to end the deadliest fighting in the mountain enclave for over a quarter of a century.

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a fragment of an artillery shell at the fighting positions of ethnic Armenian soldiers on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh © Reuters/STRINGER FILE PHOTO: A view shows a fragment of an artillery shell at the fighting positions of ethnic Armenian soldiers on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in a new attempt to end nearly a month of bloodshed in which Russian President Vladimir Putin said 5,000 people may have been killed.

A new weapon complicates an old war in Nagorno-Karabakh

  A new weapon complicates an old war in Nagorno-Karabakh The use of drones has upset the military balance between Azerbaijan and Armenia in their longtime dispute over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.“We don’t see them," said Katarina Abrahamyan, a 38-year-old supermarket cashier. "We hear them.

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict. media captionTanks ablaze as fighting erupts over disputed region. The region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians . After initial denials by the Armenian military, Nagorno - Karabakh 's unrecognised president, Arayik

Nagorno - Karabakh : Fighting mood grips Armenians . Nagorno - Karabakh : BBC visits In a BBC interview, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan accused Azerbaijan of sabotaging a Azerbaijan said two Azeri civilians were killed on Monday, following the deaths of five people from

The collapse of two Russia-brokered ceasefires has also dimmed hopes of a quick end to fighting that broke out on Sept. 27 over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway territory which is within Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians.

World powers want to prevent the fighting sparking a wider war that draws in Turkey and Russia, and are concerned about the security of pipelines in Azerbaijan that carry Azeri gas and oil through the South Caucasus to world markets.

In the latest clashes, Azerbaijan's defence ministry reported fighting in several areas, including territories close to the line of contact that divides the sides.

Armenia's defence ministry also reported fighting in several areas and said the town of Martuni in Nagorno-Karabakh was shelled again during the night.

How the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been shaped by past empires

  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.

Armenian Foreign Minister Meets State Dept. Representative to Begin US Visit. And the statement of [Vice President] Fuat Oktay [on sending Turkish troops to Nagorno - Karabakh , if such a request comes from Azerbaijan ] is Turkey's answer to discussions on the presence of Russian peacekeepers

Azerbaijan and Armenian forces have resumed fighting in a major eruption of their decades-old Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also said talks were not yet on the table. "It isn't very Nagorno - Karabakh is a breakaway region inside Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians but is not

Pompeo is expected to hold separate talks with Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. It is not clear whether the two former Soviet republics' ministers will meet directly.

"I very much hope that our American partners will act in unison with us and will help the settlement," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that he speaks to leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan several times a day by phone.

Putin said Moscow believed more than 2,000 people had been killed on each side during the recent flare-up. The decades-old conflict led to a 1991-94 war in which about 30,000 people were killed and Azerbaijan’s troops were pushed out.

"RIGHT PATH FORWARD"

Pompeo said this week he hoped a diplomatic solution and the "right path forward" could be found as the United States, France and Russia press on with mediation efforts they have led for decades.

Armenia Wants Iran's Help, Azerbaijan Says US, Russia, France Not Doing Enough to End Conflict

  Armenia Wants Iran's Help, Azerbaijan Says US, Russia, France Not Doing Enough to End Conflict Armenia's ambassador to the U.S. told Newsweek "Iran has the capacity and could use its leverages to restrain Azerbaijan and urge Turkey not to add fuel to fire in Nagorno Karabakh," while Azerbaijan's envoy "appreciates every offer to help with reaching the much needed peace in our region."With no signs of Armenia and Azerbaijan's battle over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh abating, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif proposed in a call Friday with Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov the establishment of tripartite talks involving Iran, Russia and Turkey to help resolve the conflict.

Nagorno - Karabakh , which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians , has run its own affairs Its Armenian -backed forces hold seven Azeri districts surrounding Nagorno - Karabakh . The conflict over Nagorno - Karabakh broke out in the dying years of the Soviet Union.

The Nagorno - Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno - Karabakh , inhabited mostly by ethnic Armenians

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said he can see no diplomatic resolution of the long-running conflict at this stage.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev says the prospects of reaching a peace settlement are "very remote", and demanded promises that Azerbaijan will be handed back control of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenians regard Nagorno-Karabakh as part of their historic homeland and accuse Azerbaijan of making a land grab in the recent fighting.

Azeri forces, bolstered by weapons bought from Turkey, say they have made territorial gains, including full control over the border with Iran, though Nagorno-Karabakh says its forces have repeatedly repulsed attacks.

Turkey has said it would send soldiers and provide military support for Azerbaijan if such a request were made by its ally.

Putin said Russia, which has a defence pact with Armenia, disagreed with Turkey on Nagorno-Karabakh, but both countries needed to find a compromise.

(Additional reporting by Margarita Antidze, writing by Timothy Heritage, editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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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