Azerbaijan and Armenia comply with a pause in preventing
The dispute dates to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Nagorno Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan, sparking a violent battle that resulted in a shaky 1994 ceasefire.
Armenia backed Nagorno Karabakh, which established a de facto independence that isn’t acknowledged by many of the world. Although it sits inside Azerbaijani territory, the area is populated and managed by ethnic Armenians.
Armenia has stated the present flare-up is between Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
Arayik Harutyunyan, chief of the contested area, welcomed the brand new peace effort, saying in a press release, “The Republic of Artsakh confirms readiness to look at the humanitarian truce on a reciprocal foundation,” consistent with the ceasefire agreements brokered by Moscow on Saturday and one week in the past.
Nagorno Karabakh is named Artsakh by Armenians.
Earlier than the newest ceasefire try Saturday, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a rocket assault in opposition to its second-largest metropolis, Ganja, killing at the least 13 civilians — together with three kids — and wounding greater than 50 others.
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev referred to as the missile strike a “cowardly shelling” that “can’t break the desire of the Azerbaijani folks.”
The assault occurred within the early hours of Saturday morning and focused civilian quarters within the central a part of the town, based on a press release from the Azerbaijani prosecutor’s workplace.
Azerbaijani presidential adviser Hikmet Hajiyev accused Armenia of utilizing ballistic missiles within the assault and stated authorities had proof to assist the declare, based on a Twitter put up.
“Let the worldwide neighborhood see the barbaric acts of Armenia in opposition to civilians,” Hajiyev added.
Video and images purportedly from the scene confirmed rescue employees clearing rubble to succeed in survivors. The prosecutor’s workplace stated officers had been compiling a whole record of the victims.
Final weekend, one other short-term ceasefire fell aside after weeks of preventing, with the 2 international locations buying and selling accusations of violating the settlement amid experiences of casualties.
France has demanded “a direct finish to hostilities” since preventing broke out between the international locations on the morning of September 27.
The brief lived ceasefire final week got here after UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke of the struggling the battle was inflicting on civilians.
The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh has run cold and hot for the reason that 1994 ceasefire.
The area lies inside Azerbaijani territory, related to Armenia correct by a pricey freeway. It’s closely militarized and its forces have been backed by Armenia, which has a safety alliance with Russia.
Tensions have risen since July, when a number of days of clashes rocked the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Newpaper24’s Aren Melikyan, Tim Lister and Arzu Geybulla contributed to this report.