Azerbaijan and Armenia Armistice Only as Long as Corn
Windowofworld.com – The temporary truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia which came into effect last Saturday is only for the duration of the day. The two countries, which have been locked in armed conflict for nearly two weeks over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, have been accused of violating the terms of the agreement.
At a press conference in Baku, Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, accused Armenia of violating agreed terms.
“Azerbaijan has no claim to the territory of any other country. The aim is to ensure our territorial integrity. If Armenia continues its provocation to violate the ceasefire, Azerbaijan must respond,” said Hajiyev as quoted by CNN, Sunday (11/10/2020).
This came after the country’s Defense Ministry said earlier that the Armenian army had fired artillery against “a number” of its settlements and had attempted to launch attacks on the Aghdara-Tartar and Fizuli-Jabrail regions.
Armenia denies violating the agreement, denouncing the claim as “fabricated” and instead alleging that Azerbaijan forces attacked the city of Hadrut.
“The statement by the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry regarding the shooting towards the Tartar and Aghdam region in Azerbaijan is fabricated,” said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan.
The Foreign Ministry for the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, which lies within Azerbaijan’s borders but is controlled by ethnic Armenians, accused Baku of violating the agreement, adding that Azerbaijan was trying to use negotiations as a cover to prepare for further military action.
The ceasefire, announced after talks in Moscow brokered by Russia, went into effect at noon local time on Saturday.
Earlier France, which had demanded an immediate end to hostilities since fighting broke out between countries on the morning of September 27, praised a humanitarian ceasefire agreement spearheaded by Russia.
In a statement issued by the French Foreign Ministry, Paris urged both sides to comply with the agreement so that a permanent cessation of hostilities could follow.
The truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia comes a day after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the suffering the conflict inflicts on civilians.
“It is very worrying that in the last few days we have seen populated areas reported being targeted and shelled with heavy weaponry in and around conflict areas,” he said.
Bachelet added that the two sides must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, adhere to the principles of difference, proportionality and prudence and avoid the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects on populated areas.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region is recognized internationally as part of Azerbaijan, which has long said it will retake the territory.