quarta-feira, 6 de abril de 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan and Armenia confirms cease-fire

The Ministry of defence of Azerbaijan announced Tuesday the death of 16 soldiers in 48 hours, bringing to 64 the total number of fatalities on both sides. During a visit to wounded soldiers in the conflict, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, left a warning to separatists:

"I reiterate that the Azerbaijan decided to unilaterally stop military operations, but the condition is that the opponent did not take advantage of it. They have to respect the ceasefire and not to advance. We're fighting in our territory, "said Aliyev.

The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. There is no other option

The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, had proposed on Monday a cease-fire. SARGSYAN, is on Wednesday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Minsk Group of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE), scheduled for Tuesday afternoon an emergency meeting in Vienna.

OSCE participating States discuss recent escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone https://t.co/CDZ4i5uFIn pic.twitter.com/SnkMCvNwzG

The United States, France and Russia decided to send stabilization forces for Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, with the goal of encouraging a solution to the conflict in the enclave, said Tuesday the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, after a meeting in Paris with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Steinmeier has advanced that the OSCE will send a mission to the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked Tuesday for Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect a ceasefire in the region. The same request was the subject of talks between the European Union's High Representative for foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Spoke with the Foreign Ministers of #Armenia and #Azerbaijan to urge immediate de-escalation on #NagornoKarabakh https://t.co/bvckj0EptS

A return to conflict could involve Russia, which has an alliance with Armenia and Turkey , a NATO member, which supports the Azerbaijan. The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, travels on Thursday to the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, as the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, is expected in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.

The two countries engaged in 1990 in a war for control of the enclave inhabited by an Armenian majority that claimed the lives of thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes. The truce signed in 1994 is unstable, because the Azerbaijan lost about 20% of its territory.

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