Armenia accused Azerbaijan of launching a new offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh
YEREVAN, (BM) – The Armenian Ministry of Defense announced that the fighting in Karabakh has resumed, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Sega. According to the Armenian military, the Azerbaijani army has resumed its offensive in the southern part of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. According to the ministry, the offensive is carrying out in two villages, and Armenian army units are “taking adequate measures.”
Confirmation that there is tension also came from the Russian Defense Ministry. “The ceasefire was violated for the first time in Nagorno-Karabakh since the end of hostilities and the start of a Russian peacekeeping operation in the region,” the Russian Defense Ministry officially announced on Saturday.
“The Russian contingent of peacekeepers continues to carry out tasks on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. At twenty-three observation posts, Russian peacekeepers monitor the clock’s situation and monitor compliance with the ceasefire. On December 11, we registered a ceasefire violation in the Hadrut area,” the statement said.
Fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh in late September, continuing the long-running conflict that erupted in the 1980s. The hostilities resulted in civilian casualties. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but only the tripartite agreement reached on November 10 with Russia’s mediation was successful, the Russian agency added. Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to cease fire and exchange the bodies of the dead. Under the agreement, Yerevan transferred the districts of Kelbajar, Lachin, and Agdam to Baku. Russian peacekeepers were stationed in Karabakh.
The martial law in Azerbaijan had lifted since midnight on Saturday, world agencies reported in the meantime. Parliament voted to repeal it at the suggestion of President Ilham Aliyev. Baku imposed martial law on September 28 due to the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed. The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
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