Armenian President accused Baku of &# 171; aggressive stubbornness and destructivism&# 187;
Fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh erupted again on Sunday; at the same time, both sides accuse each other of obstructing a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Armenia accused Azerbaijani forces of shelling civilian settlements. Baku denies the killing of civilians and declares that it is ready to observe the ceasefire, subject to the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the battlefield.
New clashes in and around Nagorno-Karabakh have already erupted after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on Friday in a renewed effort to achieve peace..
The failure of two Russian-brokered ceasefires has darkened the prospects for a swift end to hostilities that began on 27 September..
Local officials in Nagorno-Karabakh blamed Azeri forces for nighttime shelling of settlements in the Askeran and Martuni regions. Azerbaijan said its positions were attacked with small arms, mortars, tanks and howitzers.
“I am absolutely confident in the effectiveness of the peace talks, but it will also depend on the will of the Armenian side,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with American Fox News..
“Why can’t Armenians and Azerbaijanis live together in the Nagorno-Karabakh region the same way they do in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and many other countries?” – he added.
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian accused Baku of “aggressive stubbornness and destructivism”.
World powers want to prevent a wider war involving Turkey, which has voiced support for Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has entered into a defense pact with Armenia.
Disagreements over the conflict further exacerbated relations between Ankara and its NATO allies, with Pompeo blaming Turkey for adding fuel to the conflict by arming the Azeri side. Ankara denies stirring up conflict.
Sargsyan, in his comments broadcast by the Armenpress news agency, called on the “global players” to intervene immediately to achieve a ceasefire..
“In the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia is a reliable and active mediator between the conflicting parties. Russia plays an important role here, “he said..
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (archive photo)
Armenian PM warns Turkey to stay out of conflict with Azerbaijan
Aliyev called the desire to receive military aid from Russia “very dangerous” for Armenia. According to him, third parties should abandon military intervention in the conflict..
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the United States will help Moscow in mediating efforts to resolve the conflict.
The Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh reported on Saturday that the total number of Armenians killed in battles increased by 36 to 963, the Russian news agency Interfax reported..
Azerbaijan reported that 65 civilians of the republic were killed and another 298 were injured. At the same time, Baku did not disclose information about casualties among the military..
In the war over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1991-1994, about 30 thousand people died. Armenians consider this enclave part of their historical homeland, while Azerbaijanis consider it illegally occupied lands, which should return to their control..