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Fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region on Sunday, causing casualties on both sides and prompting the Armenian government to declare martial law and mobilize its army.
Conflict is the latest outbreak of violence in a A decades-long dispute An area that lies within the borders of Azerbaijan but is controlled by Armenian ethnic forces. Both countries reported military and civilian deaths as of Sunday noon.
Armenian Responsible The Azerbaijani forces said that “a missile and air attack” in the region on Sunday morning targeting the peaceful settlements Bombing Civilian infrastructures, while Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs It said its armed forces were responding to the Armenian bombing.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in A. tweet That the aggression appeared to be planned in advance, and “constitutes a widespread provocation against regional peace and security.”
Recent aggressive statements #AzerbaijanDriving, extensive joint exercises with#TurkeyAs well as rejected osce The Palestine Red Crescent monitoring requests clearly indicate that this aggression was previously planned and constituted a widespread provocation against regional peace and security.
– Nicole Pashinyan (@ Nicole Pashinyan) 27th September 2020
His Excellency the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Countered “The first fire, including artillery fire, was fired by Armenia, and the first victims were Azerbaijani soldiers.”
Human Rights Ombudsman in Nagorno Karabakh He said A woman and a child were killed and two civilians were injured in the Martoni region as a result of Azerbaijani bombing. Later, Deputy District Defense Minister He said 16 Armenian troops were killed and over 100 wounded.
Aliyev is President of Azerbaijan He said The enemy’s fire has killed and wounded soldiers and civilians, and “their bloodshed will not go unpunished.”
Aliyev “Armenia is an occupied country, this occupation must end and it will take place.” Added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Whose country shares a border with Armenia, has strengthened his country’s support for its long-time ally Azerbaijan in a series of TweetsWho called it Armenia “is the greatest threat to peace and tranquility in the region.”
“The Turkish nation stands with its Azerbaijani brothers by all means, as usual,” he wrote.
In response, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan issued a paper statement He called on the international community to “use all its influence to stop any possible interference by Turkey,” which he said would have dire consequences for the region.
#NATO Deeply concerned by reports of widespread military hostilities along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area. Statement by James Appathurai, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Caucasus and Central Asia. https://t.co/dkHk3ODnsR
Ioana Longesco (NatOpress) 27th September 2020
Reaction from the international community poured in on Sunday, as foreign leaders called on long-time foes to de-escalate the conflict and resume dialogue.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk groupHeaded by the United States, Russia and France, it has been working to permanently settle the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia since 1994. Joint statement He expressed concern about reports of military actions and condemned the use of force and “meaningless loss of life.”
They added, “The Co-Chairs call on both sides to take all necessary measures to stabilize the situation on the ground, and affirm that there is no alternative to a peaceful negotiated solution to the conflict.”
Charles Michel is also president of the European Council He called to stop To military action and a return to negotiations “without preconditions.”
Similar hopes were expressed in the Vatican, where Pope Francis urged Leaders must find a solution “not through the use of force and weapons, but through the means of dialogue and negotiation.”
Azerbaijan and Armenia clashed periodically following the 1994 ceasefire that left Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenian control. It should be noted a wave of violence In 2016 At least 30 soldiers were killed on both sides. Most recently, fighting along the border killed at least 16 people In July.