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Cease-fire may improve Armenia relations

MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Azerbaijan said Saturday he hopes the ceasefire that ended a six-week war with Armenia this month will lead to improving relations between the countries.

President Ilham Aliyev made the statement as a high-level Russian delegation visited Azerbaijani’s capital, Baku. The delegation, which included Russia’s foreign and defense ministers, also visited the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

Russia negotiated the ceasefire signed last week, under which Azerbaijan is to regain sizeable areas of land that had been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a previous war in the early 1990s. The agreement is backed by the presence of nearly 2,000 Russian peacekeepers.


“I hope that today’s ceasefire and our further plans to normalize relations with Armenia, if perceived positively by the Armenian side, can create a new situation in the region, a situation of cooperation, a situation of strengthening stability and security,” Aliyev said.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: What Sparked War and Will Peace Prevail?

MOSCOW — A simmering, decades-long conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted in late September into the worst fighting the area had seen since a vicious ethnic war in the 1990s.

Skirmishes have been common for decades along the front lines of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan but is home to ethnic Armenians.

Back in the 1990s, it was the Azerbaijanis who were forced to leave Kelbajar

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Armenia says prevented assassination attempt on prime minister

FILE PHOTO: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is pictured during an interview with Reuters in Yerevan, Armenia October 13, 2020. Hayk Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia prevented an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the seizure of power by a group of former officials, the National Security Service (NSS) said on Saturday.

Pashinyan had come under pressure with thousands of demonstrators protesting since Tuesday and demanding he resign over a ceasefire that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh after six weeks of fighting.

The NSS said its former head Artur Vanetsyan, the former head of the Republican Party parliamentary faction Vahram Baghdasaryan and war volunteer Ashot Minasyan were under arrest.

“The suspects were planning to illegally usurp power by murdering the prime minister and there were already potential candidates being discussed to replace him,” the NSS said in a statement.

Pashinyan said earlier this week

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System Of a Down Raise More Than $600K For Armenia Fund With New Songs

System of a Down raised more than $600,000 for the Armenia Fund via the two new songs they dropped last week, “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz.” The band’s first new tunes in 15 years were aimed at sending funds to the group whose stated aim is to “connect the people of Armenia with the worldwide Armenian diaspora to create a better homeland for the Armenian nation.”

The songs were aimed at putting a spotlight on the ongoing dispute over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been controlled by ethnic Armenians and aided by those in the Armenian diaspora, according to CNN. Neighboring Azerbaijan has long claimed the territory as well and the two sides have been battling across the border since July; this week the Armenian Prime Minister said he had signed an agreement with Russia and Azerbaijan to end the war.

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Armenia, Azerbaijan declare cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

“What is happening in Karabakh is a truly great tragedy,” Putin said. “I hope that all the steps we have taken recently will lead to the establishment of long-term peace for the benefit of the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

Under the deal, Armenian forces will withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh, and control of the Lachin Corridor and the Aghdam and Kalbajar regions will be given back to Azerbaijan in the coming weeks, allowing the return of Azerbaijani refugees who fled in the early 1990s. Russian peacekeepers will be deployed along the line of contact between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh and in the Lachin Corridor for five years, with a possible five-year extension.

 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev claimed that the deal also involves the deployment of Turkish peacekeepers, but Russian officials said there was no such agreement. Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said the possibility of a cease-fire monitoring center in Azerbaijan involving

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Erdogan tells Putin that Armenia must negotiate over Nagorno-Karabakh

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday that Armenia must be convinced to negotiate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and called for a peaceful resolution, the Turkish Presidency said.

At least 1,000 people have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians. Erdogan has previously said Turkey and Russia could work together to solve the conflict.

In a statement, the presidency said Erdogan told Putin in a phone call that Armenia must withdraw from Azeri lands it is occupying and “stated the Armenian leadership must be convinced to sit down at the negotiating

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Azerbaijan Makes Gains in Conflict With Armenia, Setting Back Peace Efforts

MOSCOW—Advances on the battlefield by Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh shattered hopes this week for an end to the fighting and the forging of a diplomatic settlement.

On Friday, Azeri rockets and artillery shells hit Nagorno-Karabakh’s regional capital of Stepanakert, killing three people, local authorities said, and Azeri forces were fast closing in on Shusha, the enclave’s second-largest town less than 10 miles away. Several other nearby Armenian settlements had already fallen to Azerbaijan and communications between Armenian military units and their command had severed in some places, according to Azeri military officials.

Azerbaijan’s territorial gains marked a pivotal juncture in the conflict between the two former Soviet republics now in its sixth week, analysts said.

“It’s the most important moment now in the military conflict because today battles are taking place in the depths of Karabakh, for the most important settlements,

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Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating short-lived ceasefire

Armenian and Azerbaijani officials accused one another of violating a humanitarian ceasefire just hours after agreeing to it. 

The two nations agreed to the truce Saturday and it took effect at midnight, but Azerbaijan said Armenian forces had opened fire on the Aghdam region of the country overnight. Armenia has denied the accusation, Reuters reported.

Armenia, meanwhile, accused Azerbaijan of firing twice overnight and denying a request to withdraw Armenian request to withdraw wounded troops.

“The enemy fired at the vicinity of the Jabrail city [in Azerbaijan], as well as the villages of this region … using mortars and artillery,” Azerbaijani officials said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that he had communicated with his counterparts in both nations and called on them to abide by the terms of the ceasefire. American, Russian and French diplomats have also worked to de-escalate the conflict. All three nations

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Azerbaijan and Armenia allege truce violations, accuse each other in shelling

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) – Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other on Saturday of fresh attacks in violation of a week-old Russian-brokered truce that has failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s.

Search and rescue teams work on a blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan October 17, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Baku said 13 civilians were killed and more than 50 wounded in the city of Ganja by an Armenian missile attack, while Yerevan accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling.

The fighting is the worst in the region since Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces went to war in the 1990s over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain territory that is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

The Azeri Prosecutor General’s office said a residential

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