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World Nagorny Karabakh: no new commitment to a ceasefire between belligerents

12:55  31 october  2020
12:55  31 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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 and Azerbaijan did not commit to a new ceasefire when their foreign diplomats met in Geneva on Friday, but they did agree to The French, Russian and American mediators, gathered within the “Minsk group”, indicated in a press release that they had called on the belligerents to apply

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

  Nagorny Karabakh: pas de nouvel engagement à un cessez-le feu entre belligérants © Provided by Le Point

Armenia and Azerbaijan failed to agree on a new ceasefire on the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh during talks in Geneva on Friday, but agreed on measures to ease the tension, promising in particular not to target civilians.

The Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zohrab Mnatsakanian, and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Djeyhoun Baïramov met face to face in the Swiss city to try to find a way out of this crisis which left more than 1,000 dead in a little more of a month.

The French, Russian and American mediators, gathered within the "Minsk group", indicated in a press release late Friday that they had called on the belligerents to apply a previous cease-fire agreement.

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  Armenian-Americans have accused Azerbaijan of attempting to revive the 1915 Armenian Genocide as conflicts between the 2 countries persist in Nagorno-Karabakh "The idea would be to create a pan-Turkic region, and essentially eliminate Armenians from that region period," Mariam Khaloyan said.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.

Each accuses the other of violating a humanitarian ceasefire agreed on Saturday. A BBC team spent a week looking at the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict from the Azerbaijani side. Nikol Pashinyan says Armenia faces a "difficult situation" in its fight over disputed Nagorny Karabakh .

Azerbaijan and Armenia Agree to Cease - Fire in Nagorno- Karabakh . Under the terms of the deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia committed again to negotiate for a lasting peace in the Minsk Process, a long-drawn-out diplomatic effort at a settlement that hasn’t prevented earlier escalations in fighting.

The two parties held "an open and substantial exchange of views in order to clarify their negotiating positions" on the sticking points in the ceasefire agreement concluded on October 10 in Moscow, the mediators continued.

Two other truce attempts since concluded at Paris and Washington were also shattered.

The parties also "agreed to take a number of measures on an urgent basis", according to the text.

This is "not to deliberately target civilian populations or non-military targets, in accordance with international humanitarian laws," he continues.

They will also "actively engage in the enforcement of the recovery and exchange of remains on the battlefield".

Prisoners of war

The two neighbors should also provide lists of prisoners of war to the Red Cross within a week "in order to allow access and with a view to a future exchange".

Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of truce violations

  Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of truce violations YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday accused each other of violating the new cease-fire announced the day before in a bid to halt the fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has killed hundreds, and possibly thousands, in just four weeks. The truce that took effect Monday morning was agreed upon on Sunday after talks facilitated by the United States. It was a third attempt to establish a lasting cease-fire in the flare-up of a decades-old conflict. Two previous Russia-brokered cease-fires, including one last weekend, frayed immediately after taking force, with both sides blaming each other for violations.

The ceasefire , to allow for the exchange of prisoners and the recovery of dead bodies in the disputed region of Nagorno- Karabakh , came into force at midday local time The international community has repeatedly called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to agree to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire .

2389 new cases of coronavirus detected in Armenia per day. Russian Foreign Ministry: The danger of infiltration into Russia of mercenaries from Syria and Libya participating in the battles Mnatsakanyan and Borrell highlighted the importance of establishing a stable and controlled ceasefire in Karabakh .

And they have undertaken to provide written comments and questions in the context of discussions aimed at establishing mechanisms to verify the holding of a ceasefire, an element deemed a priority in the talks.

"The co-presidents will continue their work with intensity with the (belligerent) parties to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict," the statement said.

The meeting of the two heads of diplomacy was initially scheduled for Thursday but was postponed to Friday following new fights.

"Every day of delay in securing a working ceasefire increases the likelihood of a dramatic escalation of civilian casualties in this tragedy," tweeted Carey Cavanaugh, former US Ambassador who co-heads the Group of Minsk.

Nagorny Karabakh seceded from Azerbaijan in the 1990s after a war that left 30,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

The independence of Nagorny Karabakh, supported economically and militarily by Yerevan, has not been recognized by the international community, nor even by Armenia.

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Nagorno- Karabakh and Nakhichevan became parts of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic Internet trolls are not a new invention. What is notable, however, is how strongly both sides appear to be The hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the digital battlefield will, just like in real life

Nagorno- Karabakh ; Azerbaijan and Armenia-Backed Rebels Agree To A Ceasefire . Azerbaijan confirmed Tuesday that a ceasefire had been agreed with Nagorny - Karabakh as talks to end the worst violence in decades in the disputed territory kicked off in Vienna after 64 people were killed in

Since September 27, the Azerbaijani forces and those of Nagorno Karabakh supported by Yerevan have been clashing again. So far, three humanitarian truce attempts have been shattered.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev had indicated earlier this week that he did not oppose a further cession of talks in Geneva, but appeared to downplay their importance.

"There have been a lot of unnecessary meetings over the past 28 years," he said.

According to partial reports, more than 1,250 people including more than 130 civilians were killed during these clashes, the worst since the war of the 1990s.

Russian President Vladimir Poutine , whose country traditionally serves as arbitrator in the region, mentioned last week a death toll approaching 5,000.

31/10/2020 08:17:02 - Geneva (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Nagorno-Karabakh: UN mentions war crimes and the use of cluster munitions .
© Bars Media Documentary Film Studio via REUTERS The United Nations Commission on Human Rights mentions crimes of war in Nagorny Karabakh and denounces the use of cluster munitions against civilians on both sides. Since September 27, heavy fighting has broken out between Azerbaijani forces and separatists from the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights refers to war crimes and denounces the use of cluster munitions against civilians on both sides.

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