The fighting intensified this Monday between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh separatists, while the presidente turco Recep Recep TayyipBaku’s main ally, fueled fears of an escalation by asking Armenia to retire.
Since Sunday, Nagorno Karabakh separatists, supported by Armenia, and the Azerbaijani troops, have fought the deadliest fighting since 2016. At least 68 people have died according to incomplete balances. This raises fears that an open war will break out between Baku and Yerevan.
Turkey, for his part, gave his full support to Azerbaijan, whereby Armenia He accused him of political and military interference in the conflict.
“The time has come for this crisis that began with the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh to come to an end. Armenia has left the territory it occupies, the region will find peace and harmony again, “Turkish President Erdogan declared in a speech.
“Any other demand or proposal would not only be unfair and illegal, but would mean continuing to consent to Armenia“he added.
Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno Karabaj after the collapse of the Soviet Union and after a war that left 30,000 dead and ended with a ceasefire signed in 1994.
Armenia filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the legal arm of the European Council.
“The court received this morning a request for provisional measures from Armenia, and it is being examined,” said a spokeswoman for the ECHR. According to article 39 of this court based in Strasbourg (France), you can take emergency measures against the risk of irreparable damage.
“The Armenian government demands that the ECHR indicate that the Azerbaijani government cease its military attacks against civilian populations …”, reads part of the Armenian request.
The international community calls for a immediate cease fire.
The balance could be more serious since the two camps claim to have inflicted hundreds of losses on the adversary, spreading in particular images of destroyed armor.
Baku claims to have killed 550 enemy soldiers Y Yerevan claims to have eliminated more than 200.
The Nagorno Karabakh Defense Ministry further claimed that it had regained lost positions on Sunday.
For its part, Azerbaijan He claimed that he had conquered more territories.
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces “attack the enemy positions with rockets, artillery and aviation” and “took various strategic positions around the town of Talych. The enemy is backing down,” said the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.
In recent years, Azerbaijan allocated a part important of their oil income to the purchase of weapons.
After several weeks of war rhetoric, Azerbaijan It said it launched a major “counteroffensive” in response to an Armenian “aggression”, resorting to artillery, armor and aircraft against the province controlled by Armenian separatists.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused his historic enemy of having “declared war on the Armenian people”, while yesterday’s Bahamian President Ilham Aliyev promised “to win.”
He President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Arayik HarutyunyanOn his side, he affirmed that “Turkey, not Azerbaijan” is fighting against secessionist territory. “There are helicopters, F-16s and troops and mercenaries from different countries,” he said.
Moscow, which maintains cordial relations with the two belligerents and is the regional arbiter, feels closer to Armenia, which is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russian-dominated military alliance.
All mediation efforts to resolve this conflict have failed and Armenia and Azerbaijan already fought on their northern border last July in the most serious combats since 2016, which raised fears of destabilization in the region.
The two states enacted martial law and Armenia general mobilization. Azerbaijan imposed a curfew on parts of the country, including the capital Baku.
(With information from AFP)
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