Armenia says it is ready to work with international arbitrators to reach a cease-fire with Azerbaijan. The conflict continues between the two countries on the disputed Nagorno-Karbakh region for the sixth day. On Friday (2 October) a statement from Armenia’s Foreign Ministry said it was ready to work with France, Russia and the United Kingdom to restore the ceasefire. But at the same time, the statement warned that it would continue to strongly respond to any invasion in the disputed area. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
The old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karbakh region has resumed on 26 September (Sunday). More than two hundred people have died in the last few days. An Armenian force in the area said 54 soldiers had been killed in the new conflict. The death toll from Armenia and its allies has risen to 157. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan has denied any military casualties, but said 19 Armenian civilians were killed in Armenian shelling.
Although the conflict continues, Armenia’s statement suggests for the first time that negotiations between the two sides may be possible. But Turkey, which has supported Azerbaijan in the conflict, says Armenia should withdraw its troops if it is to agree to a cease-fire.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi de Mao on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mewalt Cavusoglu said the deadlock allowed Armenia to “illegally settle on other countries’ borders and settle Armenians” Was encouraged. ” “If they really want to do something, they should ask Armenia to take back Azerbaijan.”
Although the Nagorno-Karbakh region is located inside Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. In the late 1970s, clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan began over control of the region. The conflict ended in the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991. 30,000 people were killed in the conflict until a cease-fire was established between the two sides in 1994. Later in 2016 and even earlier this year the two sides joined the conflict.