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Nagorno - Karabakh War: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of Ceasefire Violations

Ishita Jha

12th October 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan battled a six-year battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, which finished in 1994 with a ceasefire but no peace treaty. Reports in The Indian Express state that almost 500 individuals, including more than 60 regular people, have been killed in reestablished battling, heightened a month ago. Armenia and Azerbaijan battled a six-year battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, which finished in 1994 with a truce, however, no ceasefire.

A map showing the disputed territory between Nagorno-Karabakh (Source- Dw, NED, OSM)

Armenia- the nation of Transcaucasia- south of the Caucasus's incredible mountain scope and fronting the northwestern furthest point of Asia. Toward the north and east, Armenia is limited by Georgia and Azerbaijan, while its neighbours toward the southeast and west are, individually, Iran and Turkey.

Azerbaijan, additionally spelt Azerbaidzhan, formally Azerbaijani Republic, Azerbaijani Azärbayjan Respublikasi, the nation of eastern Transcaucasia. Possessing a zone that borders the southern flanks of the Caucasus Mountains, it is limited on the north by Russia, on the east by the Caspian Sea, south by Iran, on the west by Armenia, and the northwest by Georgia.

The self-proclaimed head of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh district, Arayik Harutyunyan, disclosed to AFP news organisation that the circumstance was "more settled" on Sunday however cautioned the ceasefire was shaky. A private condo block in Azerbaijan's city of Ganja was decimated for the time being in what authorities state was an Armenian rocket strike. Sources state government slaughtered seven individuals. Armenia has called reports of the strike, "a blatant lie" according to Reuters.

What are Armenia and Azerbaijan battling about? The now-delicate truce was to permit the two nations to trade detainees and recuperate bodies from the ongoing episode of battling. Over 300 individuals have kicked the bucket, and thousands dislodged since the most recent savagery in the long-running clash broke out on 27 September. Ethnic Armenians control Nagorno-Karabakh, the two previous Soviet republics have accused even though recent flare-up of cruelty - the most exceedingly awful in many years.

How did the truce occur? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the two nations would now start 'considerable' talks as mentioned in Reuters. In any case, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan later depicted the discussions as 'rather troublesome' and said Armenia needed Nagorno-Karabakh to be perceived universally as an autonomous state. Karabakh authorities repeated this call and blamed Azerbaijan for utilising truce talks as spread to plan upcoming assaults. Then, the Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said the government had put insufficient pressure on Armenia during the discussions. The circumstance in Nagorno-Karabakh couldn't stay as it seemed to be.

Azerbaijan expected to assume responsibility for more region, and the truce would keep going just as long as it took for the Red Cross to mastermind bodies in trading, he said, as mentioned in Reuters. Turkey, which backs Azerbaijan, said the détente was Armenia's 'last chance' to pull back forces from the challenged space. Russia has a military establishment in Armenia, and both are people from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) arrangement. Be that as it may, Moscow likewise has excellent relations with Azerbaijan.

What occurred after the truce came into power? Armenia's safeguard service said Azeri powers had dispatched an assault five minutes after the détente had been because of becoming effective, with ethnic Armenian forces reacting. Then Azerbaijan's guard service said that Armenia was "conspicuously disregarding the truce system" and terminating into the Azeri districts of Terter and Agdam. Armenia denied this according to The Indian Express.

There was likewise extreme battling in front of the truce. Ethnic Armenian experts in Nagorno-Karabakh said Azerbaijan terminated rockets at regular citizen neighbourhoods of the primary city, Stepanakert, while Armenia blamed Azeri powers for escalating drone strikes.


Armenia and Azerbaijan did battle over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988-94. In any case, they never arrived at a settlement in the debate.

News Sources: The Indian Express, Reuters, CGTN.

Edited by - Sanskriti Airon

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