OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries hope to convince belligerents to agree to a ceasefire
New clashes between Azerbaijani forces and ethnic Armenians in and around Nagorno-Karabakh took place on Thursday. Meanwhile, the US, France and Russia prepare for a meeting in Geneva in which they will try to prevent a wider war in the South Caucasus..
Azerbaijan reported that earlier on Thursday the city of Ganja was bombarded by Armenian forces and that one civilian was killed in the Goranboy region. The report says other villages have been shelled by ethnic Armenian forces.
According to statements by the Azerbaijani authorities, since September 27, when hostilities began over Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 civilians have been killed.
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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijan, Armenian forces fight new clashes before Geneva talks
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Azerbaijan also reported that 143 civilians were injured, but did not disclose information about casualties among the military..
France, the United States and Russia are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which mediates in the Karabakh conflict. They hope to convince the belligerents to agree to a ceasefire after the bloodiest fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh in more than 25 years..
Armenia will not send its foreign minister to Geneva for talks, but Azeri Foreign Minister is expected to be present there.
Representatives of France, the United States and Russia are expected to meet with the Armenian Foreign Minister in Moscow next Monday.
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