September 27, 2022

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused one another of breaking a fragile ceasefire settlement that had introduced the worst combating between the 2 ex-Soviet international locations since 2020 to a detailed final week.

In statements issued by their defence ministries on Friday morning, Baku and Yerevan every accused the opposite facet of firing first in renewed clashes alongside their shared border in a single day.

Following two days of clashes that killed practically 200 troopers early final week, the 2 sides agreed to a ceasefire, brokered by Russia, to finish hostilities, although the state of affairs on the border has remained tense.

“On September 23, at 07:40 (03:40 GMT), items of the Azerbaijani armed forces once more violated the ceasefire regime by firing from totally different positions in opposition to Armenian fight positions situated within the japanese space of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Armenia’s defence ministry mentioned in a submit on Fb on Friday.

“The enemy’s hearth was suppressed by retaliatory actions,” Armenia added, reporting no casualties.

Shortly after the Armenian assertion, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry issued a response, saying it was Armenia that opened hearth first.

Baku mentioned Armenia’s armed forces had opened hearth on three totally different areas of the shared border, “intermittently shelling positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces with mixed-caliber small arms” over 9 hours beginning at 11:45pm (19:45 GMT) on Thursday evening.

In a press release revealed on the Telegram messaging app, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry additionally mentioned it had taken “satisfactory retaliatory measures”.

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‘Unspeakable atrocities’

On Thursday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan used his tackle earlier than the United Nations to accuse Azerbaijan of “unspeakable atrocities” through the newest clashes between the 2 rivals, together with mutilating the our bodies of useless troopers.

“There are evidences of instances of torture, mutilation of captured or already useless servicemen, quite a few cases of extrajudicial killings and ill-treatment of Armenian prisoners of struggle, in addition to humiliating remedy of the our bodies,” he instructed the UN Basic Meeting.

“The useless our bodies of Armenian feminine army personnel had been mutilated, after which proudly video recorded with explicit cruelty by the Azerbaijani servicemen.”

As Pashinyan spoke, Azerbaijan’s international minister Jeyhun Bayramov, who is about to handle the worldwide physique this weekend, watched impassively.

Pashinyan went on: “Little doubt, committing such unspeakable atrocities is a direct results of a decades-long coverage of implanting anti-Armenian hatred and animosity within the Azerbaijani society by the political management.”

He additionally accused Azerbaijan of shelling civilian services and infrastructure deep inside his nation’s territory, displacing greater than 7,600 folks, in addition to leaving three civilians useless and two lacking.

“This was not a border conflict. It was a direct, simple assault in opposition to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Armenia,” he mentioned.

The speech comes simply days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged peace between the 2 sides in a gathering the place he hosted each international locations’ high diplomats.

Renewed combating

Combating between the neighbours erupted earlier this month in clashes that left virtually 200 troopers useless – the bloodiest confrontation since a six-week struggle between the 2 ex-Soviet international locations in 2020.

The combating is linked to decades-old hostilities over management of the Nagorno-Karabakh area, internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however till 2020 largely managed by the bulk ethnic Armenian inhabitants.

Armenia mentioned Azerbaijan attacked its territory and seized settlements inside its borders, past the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area. Azerbaijan mentioned it was responding to “provocations” from the Armenian facet.

Russia is a army ally of Armenia although additionally tries to keep up pleasant relations with Azerbaijan and has resisted Yerevan’s calls to set off a mutual self-defence clause. Baku is backed militarily, financially and politically by Turkey.

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