Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating new truce

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating new truce

Armenia has blamed Azerbaijan for disregarding a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh close to it coming into power.


A ceasefire had been consented to begin at 12 PM nearby time (20:00 GMT Saturday).


Be that as it may, an Armenian protection service representative said Azerbaijan broke the truce; after only four minutes by discharging ordnance shells and rockets.


Azerbaijan is yet to react to the claims.


The choice on the truce was taken in accordance with arrangements that prompted a truce being marked a weekend ago.


Nonetheless, conflicts proceeded in spite of that agreement.


Battling erupted a month ago over an area universally perceived as a feature of Azerbaijan yet; which is controlled by ethnic Armenians.


Hundreds have passed on.


This is the most exceedingly awful brutality in the district since a six-year battle over the domain finished with a truce in 1994.


Earlier on Saturday, both nations continued to trade accusations over violations of the Russian-brokered truce agreed last weekend; and doubts are likely to remain following the latest statements.



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What is the latest agreement?

Both nations confirmed the humanitarian truce; although few other details were given.


Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said the decision was based on statements by the presidents of the US, France and Russia; representing the OSCE Minsk Group – a body set up in 1992; and chaired by the three countries to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.



Rescue workers at the scene of damage in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja



Anna Naghdalyan, spokesperson for Armenia’s foreign ministry carried the same statement in a tweet; adding it welcomed efforts towards a “ceasefire and de-escalation of tension” in the conflict zone.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who negotiated last weekend’s accord; spoke to counterparts in both countries on Saturday and said they needed to “strictly follow” the earlier agreement.


What is the latest on the ground?

“The enemy fired artillery shells in the northern direction from 00:04 to 02:45; (20:04 to 22:45 GMT Saturday) and fired rockets in the southern direction from 02:20 to 02:45;” Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said on Twitter.


Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a missile strike in the early hours of Saturday that killed at least 13 civilians; and injured 45 in Ganja, a city far from the front lines.


A foreign ministry statement accused Armenia of “deliberate; as well as indiscriminate targeting of civilians”.

Armenian officials denied the attack, and also accused Azerbaijan of attacking civilian areas.


Ms Stepanyan posted a video on Facebook which she said showed devastation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; accusing the Azerbaijani Armed Forces of striking at civilians with missiles in areas including the Nagorno-Karabakh capital, Stepanakert.

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Nagorno-Karabakh – key facts

  • A mountainous region of about 4,400 sq km (1,700 sq miles)
  • Traditionally inhabited by Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks
  • In Soviet times, it became an autonomous region within the republic of Azerbaijan
  • Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but majority of population is ethnic Armenian
  • An estimated one million people displaced by war in 1988-1994, and about 30,000 killed
  • Separatist forces captured some extra territory around the enclave in Azerbaijan in the 1990s war
  • Stalemate has largely prevailed since a 1994 ceasefire
  • Turkey openly supports Azerbaijan
  • Russia has military bases in Armenia







Source: BBC

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