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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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Azerbaijan delays takeover, denounces fleeing Armenians

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan on Sunday postponed taking control of a territory ceded by Armenian forces in a cease-fire agreement, but denounced civilians leaving the area for burning houses and committing what it called “ecological terror.”

The cease-fire ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and territories outside its formal borders that had been under the control of Armenian forces since 1994. The agreement calls for Azerbaijan to take control of the outlying territories. The first, Kelbajar, was to be turned over on Sunday.

But Azerbaijan agreed to delay the takeover until Nov. 25 after a request from Armenia. Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev said worsening weather conditions made the withdrawal of Armenian forces and civilians difficult along the single road through mountainous territory that connects Kelbajar with Armenia.

After the agreement was announced early Tuesday, many distraught residents preparing to evacuate set

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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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Downing Of Russian Helicopter By Azerbaijan May Compel Moscow To Do More To End Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Azerbaijan’s shooting down of a Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunship over Armenia could result in Moscow exerting more influence over the two warring parties to push for a lasting ceasefire in the bitter Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

On Nov. 9, Azerbaijani forces near the country’s border with Armenia fired a man-portable air defense missile (MANPAD) at the Russian Hind helicopter operating inside Armenian airspace. The ensuing crash killed two crew members and injured the third.

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Azerbaijan Press Council appeals to world community after attacks on La Repubblica newspaper

BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 7

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The Azerbaijan Press Council appealed to the international community in connection with the attacks of the Armenian lobby on the journalist of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Council told Trend on Friday.

As the council said, the Armenian lobby and diaspora organizations continue to put pressure on foreign media who objectively cover the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Just as it happened with the French TV channel TF1 and the New York Times, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica also became a target for the Armenian lobby, in particular the newspaper’s journalist Pietro Del Re.

Claiming that this is an unprecedented insult to the principles of freedom of speech and expression, the Azerbaijan Press Council calls on the world’s leading media outlets, human rights organizations and leading international journalistic associations to help put an end to pressure on an Italian newspaper employee.

The appeal stresses that the international

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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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