World Armenia says Karabakh forces quit town as U.S.-backed ceasefire appears to fail

12:10  27 october  2020
12:10  27 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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A U . S .- backed ceasefire in Nagorno- Karabakh was in jeopardy on Monday as Azerbaijan and Speaking live on Facebook later on Monday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he did Two Russian-brokered ceasefires have failed to hold. World powers want to prevent a wider war that

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a U . S .-brokered cease - fire in their five-week conflict over a disputed region Aliyev said Armenia must agree to a withdrawal of its armed forces from Azerbaijan’ s The two countries are fighting for control of a territory called Nagorno- Karabakh and seven surrounding

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YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - Armenia acknowledged overnight that Nagorno-Karabakh forces had withdrawn from a strategic town between the enclave and the Iranian border, an apparent military gain for Azerbaijan as a new U.S.-brokered ceasefire failed to end a month of fighting.

Azerbaijan, an ally of Turkey, has been trying since to recapture Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians. The worst fighting in decades in the area has killed hundreds of people and risks sucking Turkey and Russia into a regional conflict.

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.

Armenia ' s defence ministry said Azerbaijani artillery had fired on military positions in various parts of the front line after the ceasefire agreement had begun. In a post on Facebook, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan insisted his country "continues to strictly adhere to the ceasefire regime".

Armenia says it has shot down seven drones flying near the capital, Yerevan, but the claim has been By Jonah Fisher, BBC News, Nagorno- Karabakh . Here in the regional capital Stepanakert The drones also appear to be identifying targets here for artillery fire . At regular intervals today we

Armenian defence ministry official Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in a news conference late on Monday that ethnic Armenian forces had given up the settlement of Gubadli south of the enclave "to avoid unnecessary losses", but the situation was "not critical".

Azerbaijan's military gains could make a diplomatic solution more difficult. It and Turkey reject any proposed solution that allows Armenians to remain in control of the enclave. Armenia says it will not withdraw from territory it views as part of its historic homeland, where the population needs protection.

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The two countries agreed to a ceasefire on Sunday when their foreign ministers separately met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. But the truce seems to have had little impact; two previous ceasefires brokered by Russia were largely ignored.

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  Turkey's Erdogan has been humiliating Putin all year — here's how he did it Turkey has been backing forces in Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh that have pushed back and beat Russia's advances.Most recently Turkey backed Azerbaijan's fight against Russia-backed Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is a remnant of the Soviet Union's collapse and is based in Azerbaijan, but has a largely ethnic Armenian population and leadership.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Monday of violating a new U . S .-brokered ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno- Karabakh , casting doubt over the prospects of the latest international push to end a month of clashes. The third truce in just over two weeks came into force at

Armenia ’ s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday night stated this on Twitter. “As a result of continuous shelling by Azerbaijan, civilians were killed and wounded in Artsakh Earlier, US President Donald Trump had stated that the ceasefire was maintained in the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict zone.

Localised battles were taking place along several parts of the front line on Tuesday morning, the Nagorno-Karabakh defence ministry said in a statement. Azerbaijan's defence ministry described fighting concentrated in three frontline areas.

"The situation in the conflict zone remained relatively stable and tense throughout the night. Artillery duels continued in some areas," Nagorno-Karabakh's defence ministry said.

It said in a statement that shells had landed in the towns of Martuni and Martakert, as well as villages in the northern part of Askeran region.

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement that its military positions and settlements near the front line had been fired upon and that combat continued mainly in the Khojavend, Fizuli and Gubadli regions.

The OSCE Minsk Group, formed to mediate the conflict and led by France, Russia and the United States, is scheduled to meet the Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers in Geneva on Oct. 29. Turkey has demanded a bigger role in the mediating body.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said late on Monday said that "goal-oriented talks in line with U.N. Security Council resolutions and international laws" were needed for talks involving the Minsk Group to yield results.

(Reporting by Nvard Hovhannisyan in Yerevan and Nailia Bagirova in Baku, additional reporting by Margarita Antidze in Tbilisi and Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara; Writing by Robin Paxton; Editing by Peter Graff)

Nagorno-Karabakh talks planned amid Azerbaijan's offensive .
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Azerbaijani forces pushed deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan were scheduled to attend talks in Geneva intended to help broker an end to more than a month of heavy fighting over the separatist territory. Intense clashes were going on in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said. The Azerbaijani military reported that areas in the Terter and Gubadli regions of Azerbaijan came under Armenian shelling.

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