Clash over region: Armenia, Azerbaijan rejects ceasefire calls
Published: 01:41 PM, 1 October 2020
Armenia and Azerbaijan on Wednesday have rejected international calls for negotiations and vowed to keep fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region raged for a fourth day.
The conflict has intensified in northern and northeastern Armenia. Houses in several villages in the Agdam region of Azerbaijan have also been demolished.
In such a situation, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has announced to continue the war without any conditions without leaving the disputed territory. On the other hand, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is also talking about “returning peace by fighting”.
Although Azerbaijan claims Nagorno-Karabakh as its own, Armenians have been controlling the region by the people of Armenian descent under the auspices of the Yerevan government.
Meanwhile, the two countries have rejected international calls, including from Russia, for talks to resolve the ongoing conflict.
Russia is a member of a military alliance of former Soviet Union countries. That alliance includes Armenia and a Russian military base in the country. However, Moscow supplies arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia. However, international pressure for a ceasefire continues.
“Our main goal is to improve the situation,” said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, adding, “We will continue to work to restore peace and stability.”
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said, “We have been talking about a compromise for a long time to resolve the conflict in the region. But it must be through the European Security Agency, formed in 1992.”
On Monday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president’s office, said: “We urge all parties, especially allied Turkey, to do everything possible in a political and diplomatic way to find a peaceful solution to the ceasefire and conflict."
The Nagorno-Karabakh region was separated from Azerbaijan during the 1988-94 war but has not yet been recognized as an independent state. But after a ceasefire in 1994, the region is now in conflict again.