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World Armenian-Americans have accused Azerbaijan of attempting to revive the 1915 Armenian Genocide as conflicts between the 2 countries persist in Nagorno-Karabakh

01:20  24 october  2020
01:20  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Nagorno-Karabakh - the conflict we can't ignore (opinion)

  Nagorno-Karabakh - the conflict we can't ignore (opinion) While the world is preoccupied with the Covid-19 pandemic, the regional conflict in the remote separatist enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is threatening to escalate into a wider war on the doorsteps of Europe and Asia, writes Michael Bociurkiw. The conflict requires careful handling at a time when Russia and Turkey -- already on opposite sides in proxy wars like Syria and Libya -- have become involved and Iran may be poised to enter the fray. While President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped to "restore stability" to the region, the Iranian Border Guards commander said his forces have been placed in "necessary formation" after claiming that shells and rockets have landed on Ira

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

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict . image copyrightGetty Images. Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of targeting a historic cathedral in Nagorno - Karabakh shelled during fighting over the disputed region. In pictures: Fighting rages in Nagorno - Karabakh . Nagorno - Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan

a house covered in snow: Devastation caused by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Reuters © Reuters Devastation caused by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Reuters
  • Armenian-Americans have called on the US government to condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey for the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Some claimed the conflict is part of an effort to create a "pan-Turkic" region and "wipe out" Armenians.
  • Azerbaijanis deny those claims in what is the latest chapter in a yearslong conflict.
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Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh have prompted many Armenian-Americans to lobby the US government to condemn Azerbaijan, fearing the country is seeking to continue what was started in the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting widens

  Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting widens Azerbaijan said Wednesday it destroyed missile launchers inside Armenia that were targeting its cities, an escalation that threatens to further draw regional powers Russia and Turkey into the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Hundreds have been killed in two weeks of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region, and continued clashes have rendered almost meaningless a ceasefire agreed in Moscow last week. ArmeniaHundreds have been killed in two weeks of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region, and continued clashes have rendered almost meaningless a ceasefire agreed in Moscow last week.

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict . media captionTanks ablaze as fighting erupts over disputed region. One of the world's oldest conflicts , a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan , has The region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians .

Azerbaijan said an Armenian missile had killed at least 13 civilians in Ganja, a city far from the front lines. It is the capital of the Nagorno - Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan He also said that his country 's forces had taken the city of Fuzuli and seven villages in

According to Armenian officials cited by the Associated Press, Turkey, a longtime supporter of Azerbaijan, is directly involved in the clashes and has sent mercenaries to fight. Turkey has denied those claims.

Officials from Azerbaijan also denied the reports to Insider, but some Armenian advocates say they are not convinced.

"Given reports, given the rhetoric and all of what is coming out, not only from Azerbaijan but also the backing of Turkey in this region, there seems to be an understanding that there's a big brother-small brother player in town who happens to be [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and Azerbaijan," Mariam Khaloyan, Director of Congressional Relations at the Armenian Assembly of America told Insider.

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.

Tensions over Nagorno - Karabakh region have caused one of Europe’s ‘frozen conflicts ’ to erupt.

Azerbaijan insists Nagorno - Karabakh is “occupied territory,” and is relying on support from Turkey in the current push to resolve the conflict through military “We have a lot of people living in this country from Armenia originally and they’re great people,” Trump told reporters. “We’re going to help them.”

"And the idea would be to create a pan-Turkic region, and essentially eliminate Armenians from that region period," Khaloyan said.

When the autonomous Nagorno-Karabakh region sought to join Armenia in 1988, a war broke out with Azerbaijan as the Soviet Union fell. When the dust cleared in the mid-1990s, Armenia had maintained Nagorno-Karabakh and taken over some of the surrounding area. At least 30,000 people died in that war. Another million people were scattered.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognized internationally as Azerbaijan even though many ethnic Armenians live and govern there.

a person holding a sign: Demonstrator carrying a placard against president of Azerbaijan Aliyev and President of Turkey Erdogan, as they march demanding peace in Armenia, denouncing 'Erdogan's Neo-Imperialism' in Turkey and Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia amid the conflict in the Nagorno Karabakh region. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images © Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images Demonstrator carrying a placard against president of Azerbaijan Aliyev and President of Turkey Erdogan, as they march demanding peace in Armenia, denouncing 'Erdogan's Neo-Imperialism' in Turkey and Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia amid the conflict in the Nagorno Karabakh region. Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

More than just two sides fighting

In an interview with Insider, the Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian said it's not fair to paint the crisis as simply two sides fighting.

Warring sides fight new clashes in 'powder keg' Nagorno-Karabakh

  Warring sides fight new clashes in 'powder keg' Nagorno-Karabakh Warring sides fight new clashes in 'powder keg' Nagorno-KarabakhYEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Armenian and Azeri forces fought new clashes on Friday, defying hopes of ending nearly three weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said was "a powder keg of a situation".

Fighting has erupted once more between Armenia and Azerbaijan , two former Soviet Union republics in the Nagorno - Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan , but its population is majority Armenian . The Armenians in Nagorno - Karabakh made several calls to be transferred to Armenian authority control

Describing the conflict over Nagorno - Karabakh between Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan as a “civilizational front line,” Mr. Pashinyan said the dispute “is not about territory” but involves far bigger and more important stakes. “ Armenians in the south Caucasus are the last remaining obstacle

"If you look at the fact that Azerbaijan is the party that doesn't like the status quo, they are the disruptive power that would have a motive to change the status quo," Hamparian said.

He believes the US should take a more active role in addressing the conflict.

"The United States needs to act like the United States and get involved in calming the waters, but just the opposite has happened. This administration has had a hands-off attitude. They have been irresponsible — even reckless — in not engaging on this issue, even as Armenian civilians are just killed, left and right," he said.

Armenian-Americans in multiple cities staged protests since the conflict reignited at the end of September. They have sough to raise awareness and call on elected officials to take a stand.

Khaloyan said her organization is working with members of Congress to shed new light on what's happening in Nagorno-Karabakh, and helping to introduce a resolution to "condemn Turkey and Azerbaijan's attack on Armenia."

Adil Baguirov, executive director and cofounder of the US Azeris Network, told Insider the Armenians' claim that Azerbaijan is the instigator in this crisis is not true.

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.

image captionAn Armenian gunner: the Nagorno - Karabakh region has seen the worst flare-up in Nagorno - Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan but governed by separatist ethnic Armenians . "The enemy attempted to regroup its troops, but Armenian forces suppressed all such attempts

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

"They have very wild fantasies and very wild propaganda," Baguirov said, arguing that Azerbaijan only wants international laws to be adhered to.

"There are the security council resolutions, dating back to 1993. So it's already been in 27 years and they haven't been fulfilled," Baguirov said.

Those resolutions called on Armenian forces to leave Azerbaijan's territory and urged both parties to resume negotiations.

Elin Syleymanov, an ambassador of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC, said in an interview with Insider he believes the narrative Armenians have told discounts the displacement of Azerbaijanis who were living in Nagorno-Karabakh in the 1990s.

"About a million people expelled, Azerbaijanis by Armenians," Syleymanov said. "Let's not go into history and try to justify your own ethnic cleansing and murder of civilians by referring to your own historic narrative, which has nothing to do with today and nothing to do with Azerbaijan."

As the recent spate of fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh continued, Arakel Poladian, who is in Armenia, told Insider that families have fled the region and many have hid in bomb shelters. Poladian is originally from the US and originally planned to go to Armenia to spend time there due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the conflict, he still chose to go and assist.

In an interview with Insider, he recalled the challenges he has seen while working with volunteers to buy and deliver essentials to women and children who have fled the violence.

"When we bring the donations to their house, I've seen houses that are 500, 600 square-feet with 10-15 people in them."

Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a ceasefire agreement brokered by France in mid-October, but tensions in the region remain high as the detente between the two countries remains on shaky ground.

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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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