Baku has vowed to continue fighting until Armenian troops withdraw from Azerbaijan. In a television speech, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev expressed his country’s commitment. According to a report by Qatar-based Al Jazeera.
Ilham Aliyev said, “We have only one condition.” And it is that Armenian forces should leave our territory immediately and unconditionally. If the Armenian government accepts this condition, the conflict and bloodshed will end. This will establish peace in the region.
Earlier, Armenia and Azerbaijan rejected an international call, including from Russia, to resolve the ongoing conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karbakh region. The clashes, which began on Sunday, continued for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday. Meanwhile, the death toll has crossed 100.
Russia is a member of a military alliance of countries of the former Soviet Union. That alliance includes Armenia and a Russian military base in the country. However, Moscow supplies arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia. And Turkey is going to strongly support the Muslim country of Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, international pressure for a cease-fire continues. It is feared that if Armenia and Azerbaijan are embroiled in an all-out war, regional powers like Russia and Turkey may join.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian President’s office, said: “We call on all sides, especially Turkey, to do everything possible politically and diplomatically to find a peaceful solution to the ceasefire and conflict.”
Armenian Prime Minister Nicholas Pashinian said on Wednesday that talks with Azerbaijan being mediated by Russia would not be impartial. Poshinian told Russia’s Interfax news agency: “It is unrealistic to speak of a conference between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia at this time of great conflict. Negotiations require a favorable environment and situation. ‘
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has also rejected Russia’s call for arbitration. In an interview with Russian TV, he said that the Armenian Prime Minister had publicly declared Karabakh his territory. So what kind of agreement will we discuss?
Although the Qarabakh region is part of Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. This is the beginning of the conflict. Due to the long dispute over the Nagorno-Karbakh region, the two countries practically joined the war on September 26, 2020. It has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of people on both sides, including women and children. Most of the dead were identified as Armenian separatists. Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for the renewed conflict. Source: Al Jazeera