Armenia and Azerbaijan: ongoing fighting near disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Tensions have grown steadily in recent weeks between the two former Soviet republics. Armenia claimed to have suffered loss of life in the fighting which was still ongoing on Tuesday (November 16) against Azerbaijan, raising fears of a resumption of the war between these two rival Caucasian countries last year.

“An attack by Azerbaijani forces against the positions of the Armenian forces left the Armenian side dead and injured”, assured the Armenian Ministry of Defense in a statement, also reporting the loss of control of “Two military positions”. Armenia also claimed to have inflicted“Significant losses” human rights to Azerbaijani forces. “The fighting continues, their intensity has not diminished”, the statement added. These clashes are taking place near the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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For its part, Azerbaijan claimed that Armenian soldiers were leaving their positions, ” panicked “. “Azerbaijani military repelled a counterattack by Armenian forces (…). The Armenian soldiers, frightened and confused, leave their positions ”, assured the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry in a statement.

European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday called on Armenian and Azerbaijani officials to “Urgent désescalade” and one “Total cease-fire”. The chairman of the body representing the Twenty-Seven, who met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev, said in a tweet that the European Union was working with these two partner countries to “Overcome tensions” in view of a “Prosperous and stable South Caucasus”.

Sunday border shootings

Armenia and Azerbaijan had already accused each other of shooting at the border on Sunday. And this despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement and the deployment of Russian peacekeepers after the clashes of 2020.

In the fall of last year, Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a short war, which had left more than 6,500 dead, for the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, already the object of a first conflict. bloody in the 1990s. These battles ended in a heavy defeat of Armenia, forced to cede several regions forming a glacis around the separatist enclave.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: ongoing fighting near disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region