UN Security Council Calls for ‘Immediate’ End to Fighting in Karabakh

September 30,  2020



U.N. Security Council discusses Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh on Sept. 29

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called a special session to discuss Azerbaijan’s unprovoked attacks along the entire border of Artsakh, expressing concern that the most recent clashed could “spiral into all-out war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

The 15-member security council held a close-door discussion on the matter and emerged with a strong condemnation of “use of force.”

“Security Council members voiced support for the call by the Secretary General on the sides to immediately stop fighting, de-escalate tensions and return to meaningful negotiations without delay,” the council said in a statement.

The meting was held at the request of Estonia, a permanent member of the Council. What the meeting did not do is condemn Azerbaijan for its aggression, nor did it address Turkey’s intervention in the conflict, which threatens the stability of the region.

Ahead of Tuesday’s security council meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who pointed to Turkey’s “direct destabilizing” involvement in Azerbaijan’s latest attacks.

Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan sent a letter to Guterres on Monday detailing Azerbaijan’s latest aggression in Artsakh, including the deliberate targeting of the civilian population and infrastructures using heavy artillery and force/
“The aggression was pre-planned, and the statements of the Azerbaijani side on the alleged counter-attack are absolutely falsified. Azerbaijan has never concealed its strategic goal of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the use of force, while continuously maintaining tension along the line of contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border,” said Mnatsakanyan in his letter.

The foreign minister also expressed Yerevan’s concern over Turkey’s unconditional and unilateral support to Azerbaijan and its aggression. Strongly condemning Azerbaijan’s aggression, Mnatsakanyan emphasized that Azerbaijan’s attacks, which violate the ceasefire, are not only a gross violation of international humanitarian law, but also pose the risk of escalating into a full-scale regional war.

Mnatsakanyan criticized Azerbaijan’s attacks pointing out that they directly oppose Guterres’ calls for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed that the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the aggression.

Mnatsakanyan told the U.N. leader that Armenia, as the guarantor of the security of the people of Artsakh, will take all necessary measures to protect the inalienable rights of the people of Artsakh and will give an adequate response to the Azerbaijani aggression.

“The right of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination is an integral part of the conflict resolution, and by virtue of this right the people of Artsakh must be able to determine its status without any limitation,” Mnatsakanyan said in the letter, reiterating Armenia’s commitment to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

UN Security Council Calls for ‘Immediate’ End to Fighting in Karabakh

September 30,  2020



U.N. Security Council discusses Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh on Sept. 29

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called a special session to discuss Azerbaijan’s unprovoked attacks along the entire border of Artsakh, expressing concern that the most recent clashed could “spiral into all-out war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

The 15-member security council held a close-door discussion on the matter and emerged with a strong condemnation of “use of force.”

“Security Council members voiced support for the call by the Secretary General on the sides to immediately stop fighting, de-escalate tensions and return to meaningful negotiations without delay,” the council said in a statement.

The meting was held at the request of Estonia, a permanent member of the Council. What the meeting did not do is condemn Azerbaijan for its aggression, nor did it address Turkey’s intervention in the conflict, which threatens the stability of the region.

Ahead of Tuesday’s security council meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who pointed to Turkey’s “direct destabilizing” involvement in Azerbaijan’s latest attacks.

Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan sent a letter to Guterres on Monday detailing Azerbaijan’s latest aggression in Artsakh, including the deliberate targeting of the civilian population and infrastructures using heavy artillery and force/
“The aggression was pre-planned, and the statements of the Azerbaijani side on the alleged counter-attack are absolutely falsified. Azerbaijan has never concealed its strategic goal of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the use of force, while continuously maintaining tension along the line of contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border,” said Mnatsakanyan in his letter.

The foreign minister also expressed Yerevan’s concern over Turkey’s unconditional and unilateral support to Azerbaijan and its aggression. Strongly condemning Azerbaijan’s aggression, Mnatsakanyan emphasized that Azerbaijan’s attacks, which violate the ceasefire, are not only a gross violation of international humanitarian law, but also pose the risk of escalating into a full-scale regional war.

Mnatsakanyan criticized Azerbaijan’s attacks pointing out that they directly oppose Guterres’ calls for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed that the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the aggression.

Mnatsakanyan told the U.N. leader that Armenia, as the guarantor of the security of the people of Artsakh, will take all necessary measures to protect the inalienable rights of the people of Artsakh and will give an adequate response to the Azerbaijani aggression.

“The right of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination is an integral part of the conflict resolution, and by virtue of this right the people of Artsakh must be able to determine its status without any limitation,” Mnatsakanyan said in the letter, reiterating Armenia’s commitment to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

L.A. City Council Passes Krekorian Resolution Condemning Azerbaijan

September 30,  2020



Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian sponsored a resolution today through which the City of Los Angeles has condemned the brutal and unprovoked invasion launched over the weekend by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Council President Nury Martinez, demands that the Trump Administration and the Congress “utilize all diplomatic, economic and political means to compel Azerbaijan to engage meaningfully in the peace process.”

Krekorian’s resolution emphasizes that support for Artsakh is essential to US interests and core American principles.  “Because our country is based on and committed to the values of democracy, liberty and the right of self-determination, the United States has a moral obligation to stand up and speak out on behalf of the people of the Republic of Artsakh, who have earned their right of self-governance and have flourished as a free, democratic and sovereign nation for almost 30 years,” the resolution states.

“The world community must condemn Azerbaijan for renewing warfare, violating its ceasefire agreement with Armenia, and causing death and destruction to the Armenian population that it so detests,” Krekorian added.  “Its corrupt and autocratic regime is using brute force against civilians in a misguided attempt to reimpose Stalin-era oppression over the indigenous Armenian people of Artsakh in their own ancient homeland.”

In co-sponsoring the resolution, City Council President Nury Martinez said, “Since Saturday, the people of Artsakh have been under attack by Azerbaijan’s military, who have violently and recklessly attacked children and families, causing the loss of innocent lives.  The City of Los Angeles stands with the Armenian people and the Republic of Artsakh and denounces Azerbaijan for these vicious attacks and violating a cease-fire that is in place. Today, I joined Councilmember Krekorian and my colleagues in issuing a resolution calling on the White House, Secretary of State and Congress to denounce this attack and work to end it immediately.”

Krekorian noted the strong ties between the City of Los Angeles and the Republic of Artsakh. Through Krekorian’s prior work, Los Angeles recognized Artsakh’s sovereignty in 2014, laying the groundwork for California and other states and cities to follow LA’s lead.  In 2012, Krekorian led Los Angeles to establish a historic formal Friendship City relationship with Shushi.  More recently, the government of Azerbaijan unsuccessfully attempted to stop Krekorian from hosting Armenian President Pashinyan at Los Angeles City Hall.  “The City of Los Angeles has always stood in strong solidarity with the people of Artsakh, recognizing the sovereignty of its people and the democratic values of its government,” Krekorian said.

Krekorian was quick to condemn Azerbaijan on Sunday and provide succinct information about the latest Azerbaijani aggression in a letter to constituents and community members.

Asbarez obtained the letter and is providing in full below.

Yet again, Azerbaijan’s military forces have launched a deadly and unprovoked attack against its Armenian neighbors.  Yet again, Azerbaijan’s recklessness puts innocent civilian lives and fundamental United States interests at risk.  And yet again, the Armenian people face a genuine threat of the continuation of Turkish efforts to annihilate us.

As you know, last night, Azeri tanks, helicopters and artillery attacked Artsakh, including Stepanakert.  This invasion follows the deadly attacks Azerbaijan launched just two months ago against rural villages in Armenia.  During a time when the UN has called for ceasefire around the world due to the COVID pandemic, Azerbaijan instead is renewing warfare, violating its ceasefire agreement with Armenia, and causing death and destruction to the Armenian population that it so detests.

LA City Councilman Paul-Krekorian unveles the Los Angeles-Shushi Friendship Square during his visit to Artsakh in 2014

This reckless invasion is a direct threat not only to the Armenian population of the region, but also to regional stability.  Already, Turkish dictator Erdogan is threatening Armenia and offering full support to the Azeri invasion.  It is not hard to imagine that a full scale war against a country that borders on Turkey, Russia and Iran presents a grave danger to the world.  Azerbaijan’s actions create an immediate danger of escalation that would enflame a tinderbox and severely damage US strategic interests in the region.

The corrupt Baku regime’s outrageous warmongering and racist hatred of Armenians seems to know no limits.  This attack is just the latest in a consistent record of Azeri barbarity directed at Armenians who just want to go about their lives in peace.  The Azeris targeted Armenian civilians with mass murder in the pogroms of 1988 and 1990.  They targeted Armenian civilians with indiscriminate shelling during Artsakh’s war of independence.  Twenty years ago they destroyed a thousand year old Armenian cemetery at Julfa, ignoring the pleas of UNESCO and desecrating tens of thousands of graves.  They celebrated as a hero and rewarded the Azeri soldier who beheaded an Armenian with an axe during a NATO “Partnership for Peace” program in 2004.  They targeted Armenian civilian villages and committed shocking war crimes during their 2016 invasion of Artsakh.  And now they are engaging in the same kinds of ruthless violence and abomination yet again.

If that were not enough, the bellicose Azerbaijan government recently threatened to launch a missile attack on a nuclear power plant, releasing massive amounts of radiation only 20 miles from Yerevan.  The spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry today bragged about their capability of hitting the power plant, which would, as he put it, “lead to a great disaster for Armenia.”  This rhetoric is a continuation of Azerbaijan’s repeated threats, including from its famously corrupt and dictatorial president, to destroy and conquer all Armenian lands.
This outrageous and consistent pattern of aggression completely shreds all international norms and notions of human decency.  Worse, Azeri violence and threats carry with them the echoes of generations of pan-Turkish commitment to erasing the Armenian population and culture from the world.

The most dramatic manifestation of this lust for ethnic cleansing, of course, was the Armenian Genocide — but the actions, statements and active preparations of Azerbaijan and its enabler Turkey make clear that genocide is a genuine threat in our time as well.

The United States, France and Russia, as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, have attempted for years to mediate a sustainable negotiated peace, but those efforts have utterly failed.  Azerbaijan has consistently violated the ceasefire with scores of attacks across the border, resulting in both civilian and military deaths in both Armenia and Artsakh.  The United States nonetheless still refuses to state clearly that there is only one perpetrator that continues to be responsible for the violence, bloodshed and instability in the region, and that is Azerbaijan.  Any statement of moral equivalence in the face of continued massive violence, aggression and genocidal threats by the government of Azerbaijan is entirely unacceptable. Our government has an obligation to hold Baku accountable for Azerbaijan’s destruction of the peace process and its ongoing crimes and threats.

Unless Azerbaijan immediately faces meaningful consequences and international condemnation, there is little chance of achieving lasting peace.  The interests of the United States will be harmed by instability in this vital region, and our reputation in the international community will be irreparably damaged by our failure to stand up and speak out on behalf of the victims of this inexcusable and continuing record of Azeri aggression and violence.  And if another genocide of Armenians comes, the nations who failed to stop it will have no excuse for their complicity.

I therefore have called upon the United States government to condemn Azerbaijan unequivocally for its latest violation of the ceasefire, and to demand an immediate and permanent cessation of all Azeri hostile action.  I further have called upon the Trump Administration and the United States Congress to take immediate action to cease all military support and cooperation with Azerbaijan, including suspending all arms shipments to Azerbaijan.

Finally, I have called upon the United States Department of State to utilize all diplomatic, economic and political means to compel Azerbaijan to engage meaningfully in the peace process, through the Minsk Group or otherwise, to achieve a sustainable, lasting peace that ensures the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Artsakh.

In solidarity with the people of Artsakh, I remain

L.A. City Council Passes Krekorian Resolution Condemning Azerbaijan

September 30,  2020



Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian sponsored a resolution today through which the City of Los Angeles has condemned the brutal and unprovoked invasion launched over the weekend by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Council President Nury Martinez, demands that the Trump Administration and the Congress “utilize all diplomatic, economic and political means to compel Azerbaijan to engage meaningfully in the peace process.”

Krekorian’s resolution emphasizes that support for Artsakh is essential to US interests and core American principles.  “Because our country is based on and committed to the values of democracy, liberty and the right of self-determination, the United States has a moral obligation to stand up and speak out on behalf of the people of the Republic of Artsakh, who have earned their right of self-governance and have flourished as a free, democratic and sovereign nation for almost 30 years,” the resolution states.

“The world community must condemn Azerbaijan for renewing warfare, violating its ceasefire agreement with Armenia, and causing death and destruction to the Armenian population that it so detests,” Krekorian added.  “Its corrupt and autocratic regime is using brute force against civilians in a misguided attempt to reimpose Stalin-era oppression over the indigenous Armenian people of Artsakh in their own ancient homeland.”

In co-sponsoring the resolution, City Council President Nury Martinez said, “Since Saturday, the people of Artsakh have been under attack by Azerbaijan’s military, who have violently and recklessly attacked children and families, causing the loss of innocent lives.  The City of Los Angeles stands with the Armenian people and the Republic of Artsakh and denounces Azerbaijan for these vicious attacks and violating a cease-fire that is in place. Today, I joined Councilmember Krekorian and my colleagues in issuing a resolution calling on the White House, Secretary of State and Congress to denounce this attack and work to end it immediately.”

Krekorian noted the strong ties between the City of Los Angeles and the Republic of Artsakh. Through Krekorian’s prior work, Los Angeles recognized Artsakh’s sovereignty in 2014, laying the groundwork for California and other states and cities to follow LA’s lead.  In 2012, Krekorian led Los Angeles to establish a historic formal Friendship City relationship with Shushi.  More recently, the government of Azerbaijan unsuccessfully attempted to stop Krekorian from hosting Armenian President Pashinyan at Los Angeles City Hall.  “The City of Los Angeles has always stood in strong solidarity with the people of Artsakh, recognizing the sovereignty of its people and the democratic values of its government,” Krekorian said.

Krekorian was quick to condemn Azerbaijan on Sunday and provide succinct information about the latest Azerbaijani aggression in a letter to constituents and community members.

Asbarez obtained the letter and is providing in full below.

Yet again, Azerbaijan’s military forces have launched a deadly and unprovoked attack against its Armenian neighbors.  Yet again, Azerbaijan’s recklessness puts innocent civilian lives and fundamental United States interests at risk.  And yet again, the Armenian people face a genuine threat of the continuation of Turkish efforts to annihilate us.

As you know, last night, Azeri tanks, helicopters and artillery attacked Artsakh, including Stepanakert.  This invasion follows the deadly attacks Azerbaijan launched just two months ago against rural villages in Armenia.  During a time when the UN has called for ceasefire around the world due to the COVID pandemic, Azerbaijan instead is renewing warfare, violating its ceasefire agreement with Armenia, and causing death and destruction to the Armenian population that it so detests.

LA City Councilman Paul-Krekorian unveles the Los Angeles-Shushi Friendship Square during his visit to Artsakh in 2014

This reckless invasion is a direct threat not only to the Armenian population of the region, but also to regional stability.  Already, Turkish dictator Erdogan is threatening Armenia and offering full support to the Azeri invasion.  It is not hard to imagine that a full scale war against a country that borders on Turkey, Russia and Iran presents a grave danger to the world.  Azerbaijan’s actions create an immediate danger of escalation that would enflame a tinderbox and severely damage US strategic interests in the region.

The corrupt Baku regime’s outrageous warmongering and racist hatred of Armenians seems to know no limits.  This attack is just the latest in a consistent record of Azeri barbarity directed at Armenians who just want to go about their lives in peace.  The Azeris targeted Armenian civilians with mass murder in the pogroms of 1988 and 1990.  They targeted Armenian civilians with indiscriminate shelling during Artsakh’s war of independence.  Twenty years ago they destroyed a thousand year old Armenian cemetery at Julfa, ignoring the pleas of UNESCO and desecrating tens of thousands of graves.  They celebrated as a hero and rewarded the Azeri soldier who beheaded an Armenian with an axe during a NATO “Partnership for Peace” program in 2004.  They targeted Armenian civilian villages and committed shocking war crimes during their 2016 invasion of Artsakh.  And now they are engaging in the same kinds of ruthless violence and abomination yet again.

If that were not enough, the bellicose Azerbaijan government recently threatened to launch a missile attack on a nuclear power plant, releasing massive amounts of radiation only 20 miles from Yerevan.  The spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry today bragged about their capability of hitting the power plant, which would, as he put it, “lead to a great disaster for Armenia.”  This rhetoric is a continuation of Azerbaijan’s repeated threats, including from its famously corrupt and dictatorial president, to destroy and conquer all Armenian lands.
This outrageous and consistent pattern of aggression completely shreds all international norms and notions of human decency.  Worse, Azeri violence and threats carry with them the echoes of generations of pan-Turkish commitment to erasing the Armenian population and culture from the world.

The most dramatic manifestation of this lust for ethnic cleansing, of course, was the Armenian Genocide — but the actions, statements and active preparations of Azerbaijan and its enabler Turkey make clear that genocide is a genuine threat in our time as well.

The United States, France and Russia, as co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, have attempted for years to mediate a sustainable negotiated peace, but those efforts have utterly failed.  Azerbaijan has consistently violated the ceasefire with scores of attacks across the border, resulting in both civilian and military deaths in both Armenia and Artsakh.  The United States nonetheless still refuses to state clearly that there is only one perpetrator that continues to be responsible for the violence, bloodshed and instability in the region, and that is Azerbaijan.  Any statement of moral equivalence in the face of continued massive violence, aggression and genocidal threats by the government of Azerbaijan is entirely unacceptable. Our government has an obligation to hold Baku accountable for Azerbaijan’s destruction of the peace process and its ongoing crimes and threats.

Unless Azerbaijan immediately faces meaningful consequences and international condemnation, there is little chance of achieving lasting peace.  The interests of the United States will be harmed by instability in this vital region, and our reputation in the international community will be irreparably damaged by our failure to stand up and speak out on behalf of the victims of this inexcusable and continuing record of Azeri aggression and violence.  And if another genocide of Armenians comes, the nations who failed to stop it will have no excuse for their complicity.

I therefore have called upon the United States government to condemn Azerbaijan unequivocally for its latest violation of the ceasefire, and to demand an immediate and permanent cessation of all Azeri hostile action.  I further have called upon the Trump Administration and the United States Congress to take immediate action to cease all military support and cooperation with Azerbaijan, including suspending all arms shipments to Azerbaijan.

Finally, I have called upon the United States Department of State to utilize all diplomatic, economic and political means to compel Azerbaijan to engage meaningfully in the peace process, through the Minsk Group or otherwise, to achieve a sustainable, lasting peace that ensures the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Artsakh.

In solidarity with the people of Artsakh, I remain

Asbarez: Thousands in Los Angeles Protest Azerbaijani Aggression Against Artsakh

September 30,  2020



Thousands in Los Angeles protest Azerbaijan’s attacks on Artsakh and Armenia (Photo by Melkon Melkonian)

Protesters Condemned Ankara’s Criminal Intervention in Armenia

Thousands of Los Angeles Armenians gathered in front of the Azerbaijani Consulate building to protest Azerbaijan’s latest attacks along the entire border of Artsakh. The protesters also raised their angry voice in condemnation of Turkey’s brazen and criminal intervention in the Karabakh conflict.

The busy section of Wilshire Boulevard in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles was closed throughout the entire protest, which was organized by the Armenian Youth Federation and drew a crowd representing a cross-section of the community.

Unlike a similar protest in July, when a group of Azerbaijani disrupted the event by instigating violence and threatening demonstrators, Wednesday’s protest was peaceful and the cowardly Azerbaijanis did not show up.

The short programmed included a moving speech by AYF member Hratch Avedissian, who articulated the demands for justice of the Armenian people. He highlighted Azerbaijan’s ongoing efforts to military threaten the lives of innocent Armenians in Artsakh, who have expressed their fundamental right to self-determination.

He also pointed out Turkey indiscriminate intervention in the Karabakh conflict, pointing out that during the most recent attacks that began on Sunday, Ankara has inserted itself in the conflict. This behavior, he said, threatens the stability and security of the entire region. Avedissian also accused Turkey of advancing the same genocidal policies that guided the Ottoman Empire in committing the Armenian Genocide.

The AYF leader called on the international community to condemn Azerbaijan for its continued attacks on Artsakh and Armenia, and urge Turkey to stop its interventionist policies.

However, the protest was also an opportunity for Armenians in Los Angeles to gather and honor the valiant soldiers who have been guarding the borders of Armenia and Artsakh and protecting the Armenian Nation. Avedissian said that as long as there is a war, all Armenians are united in solidarity with the heroic Armed Forces of Artsakh and Armenia.

The hashtag #ՅաղթելուԵնք (WeWillWin) that has become the unifying call since Sunday’s attacks became the slogan that was loudly chanted at the close of Wednesday protest.

WE WILL WIN.

Asbarez: Thousands in Los Angeles Protest Azerbaijani Aggression Against Artsakh

September 30,  2020



Thousands in Los Angeles protest Azerbaijan’s attacks on Artsakh and Armenia (Photo by Melkon Melkonian)

Protesters Condemned Ankara’s Criminal Intervention in Armenia

Thousands of Los Angeles Armenians gathered in front of the Azerbaijani Consulate building to protest Azerbaijan’s latest attacks along the entire border of Artsakh. The protesters also raised their angry voice in condemnation of Turkey’s brazen and criminal intervention in the Karabakh conflict.

The busy section of Wilshire Boulevard in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles was closed throughout the entire protest, which was organized by the Armenian Youth Federation and drew a crowd representing a cross-section of the community.

Unlike a similar protest in July, when a group of Azerbaijani disrupted the event by instigating violence and threatening demonstrators, Wednesday’s protest was peaceful and the cowardly Azerbaijanis did not show up.

The short programmed included a moving speech by AYF member Hratch Avedissian, who articulated the demands for justice of the Armenian people. He highlighted Azerbaijan’s ongoing efforts to military threaten the lives of innocent Armenians in Artsakh, who have expressed their fundamental right to self-determination.

He also pointed out Turkey indiscriminate intervention in the Karabakh conflict, pointing out that during the most recent attacks that began on Sunday, Ankara has inserted itself in the conflict. This behavior, he said, threatens the stability and security of the entire region. Avedissian also accused Turkey of advancing the same genocidal policies that guided the Ottoman Empire in committing the Armenian Genocide.

The AYF leader called on the international community to condemn Azerbaijan for its continued attacks on Artsakh and Armenia, and urge Turkey to stop its interventionist policies.

However, the protest was also an opportunity for Armenians in Los Angeles to gather and honor the valiant soldiers who have been guarding the borders of Armenia and Artsakh and protecting the Armenian Nation. Avedissian said that as long as there is a war, all Armenians are united in solidarity with the heroic Armed Forces of Artsakh and Armenia.

The hashtag #ՅաղթելուԵնք (WeWillWin) that has become the unifying call since Sunday’s attacks became the slogan that was loudly chanted at the close of Wednesday protest.

WE WILL WIN.

Pakistan Has Deployed Its Soldiers In Azerbaijan To Fight Armenia – Armenian Media

Eurasian Times
Sept 30 2020

 

Pakistan has allegedly deployed its army to the war-torn region of Nagorno-Karabakh to fight Armenia alongside Azerbaijani troops, claimed an Armenian news report citing telephonic conversation between two civilians.

According to FreeNews.AM, the following conversation took place that revealed the presence of Pakistani Army in Azerbaijan.

“How can we write? I don’t have money. We are fine, don’t worry, 7-8 villages were liberated, don’t be afraid,” said a second civilian. “Yes. I know. I have seen on Instagram that Fizuli, Agdam have been liberated from occupation. Our side says that we have also taken Mrav mountain.

What’s wrong with the internet, why doesn’t it work?” the first civilian asked. The second one said that their ministry has turned it off. “As a lot of things happen here, people get in touch with Armenians, that’s why they have turned it off.”

On being asked whether the shooting is taking place in the second civilian’s region, he said, “on Agdam’s side. They have gathered Pakistani soldiers and have taken them towards Agdam.”

Pakistan is the second country, apart from Turkey, that recognised Azerbaijan’s sovereignty in 1991. Ties between Islamabad and Ankara have been strengthened as the latter has been openly supporting Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue. 

Perhaps, the alleged presence of Pakistani troops points to Islamabad reciprocating Turkey for its support on the Kashmir issue by lending the Pakistani military support in Ankara’s misadventure in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

When you are a bit far from #Azerbaijan & along with your own nation you feel support of host countrynation it gives you double strength.
Thanks to our dear

— Ali Alizada

Ankara has been supportive of Azerbaijan claim on the conflicted region of Armenian-controlled Karabakh. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Armenia for the attack calling to immediately end the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

“Turkey continues to stand with the friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all its facilities and heart,” he said. Any imposition or offer other than ending the occupation “will not only be unjust and unlawful but continue to spoil Armenia,” Erdogan added.

Meanwhile, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has confirmed the presence of Turkish personnel, advisers, mercenaries and also their F-16s in the region.

“Unfortunately, I have to declare that NATO member Turkey is fully supporting now Azerbaijan through its electronic drones – through cyber-attacks. But it’s not only that. Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan also through their personnel, advisers, mercenaries and also with their F-16s,” he said.

Armenian ambassador to Russia has further claimed that Turkey has sent about 4,000 fighters from Syria, however, Azerbaijan has rejected the claim.

“Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” an aide to Azerbaijani President Ilhan Aliyev told Reuters. 

The tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia soared on Sunday morning when deadly attacks and shelling started in Nagorno-Karabakh. The long-standing dispute took a violent turn and both the sides have blamed each other for the escalation. 

According to a statement by the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, as many as 2,300 Armenian soldiers have been killed or wounded, and about 130 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 200 artillery and rocket systems, 25 air defence systems, six command and observation posts, five ammunition depots and 55 vehicles destroyed since the outbreak of the conflict. 

On the other side, Armenia has claimed a total of 790 Azerbaijani servicemen have been killed and as many as 1,900 soldiers injured, said Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the country’s Defence Ministry, adding that the Armenian army destroyed 137 tanks and armoured vehicles, 72 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), seven helicopters and one aircraft of the Azerbaijan army during the battles.


Pakistan Has Deployed Its Soldiers In Azerbaijan To Fight Armenia – Armenian Media

Eurasian Times
Sept 30 2020

 

Pakistan has allegedly deployed its army to the war-torn region of Nagorno-Karabakh to fight Armenia alongside Azerbaijani troops, claimed an Armenian news report citing telephonic conversation between two civilians.

According to FreeNews.AM, the following conversation took place that revealed the presence of Pakistani Army in Azerbaijan.

“How can we write? I don’t have money. We are fine, don’t worry, 7-8 villages were liberated, don’t be afraid,” said a second civilian. “Yes. I know. I have seen on Instagram that Fizuli, Agdam have been liberated from occupation. Our side says that we have also taken Mrav mountain.

What’s wrong with the internet, why doesn’t it work?” the first civilian asked. The second one said that their ministry has turned it off. “As a lot of things happen here, people get in touch with Armenians, that’s why they have turned it off.”

On being asked whether the shooting is taking place in the second civilian’s region, he said, “on Agdam’s side. They have gathered Pakistani soldiers and have taken them towards Agdam.”

Pakistan is the second country, apart from Turkey, that recognised Azerbaijan’s sovereignty in 1991. Ties between Islamabad and Ankara have been strengthened as the latter has been openly supporting Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue. 

Perhaps, the alleged presence of Pakistani troops points to Islamabad reciprocating Turkey for its support on the Kashmir issue by lending the Pakistani military support in Ankara’s misadventure in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

When you are a bit far from #Azerbaijan & along with your own nation you feel support of host countrynation it gives you double strength.
Thanks to our dear

— Ali Alizada

Ankara has been supportive of Azerbaijan claim on the conflicted region of Armenian-controlled Karabakh. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Armenia for the attack calling to immediately end the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

“Turkey continues to stand with the friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan with all its facilities and heart,” he said. Any imposition or offer other than ending the occupation “will not only be unjust and unlawful but continue to spoil Armenia,” Erdogan added.

Meanwhile, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has confirmed the presence of Turkish personnel, advisers, mercenaries and also their F-16s in the region.

“Unfortunately, I have to declare that NATO member Turkey is fully supporting now Azerbaijan through its electronic drones – through cyber-attacks. But it’s not only that. Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan also through their personnel, advisers, mercenaries and also with their F-16s,” he said.

Armenian ambassador to Russia has further claimed that Turkey has sent about 4,000 fighters from Syria, however, Azerbaijan has rejected the claim.

“Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” an aide to Azerbaijani President Ilhan Aliyev told Reuters. 

The tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia soared on Sunday morning when deadly attacks and shelling started in Nagorno-Karabakh. The long-standing dispute took a violent turn and both the sides have blamed each other for the escalation. 

According to a statement by the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, as many as 2,300 Armenian soldiers have been killed or wounded, and about 130 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 200 artillery and rocket systems, 25 air defence systems, six command and observation posts, five ammunition depots and 55 vehicles destroyed since the outbreak of the conflict. 

On the other side, Armenia has claimed a total of 790 Azerbaijani servicemen have been killed and as many as 1,900 soldiers injured, said Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the country’s Defence Ministry, adding that the Armenian army destroyed 137 tanks and armoured vehicles, 72 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), seven helicopters and one aircraft of the Azerbaijan army during the battles.


CivilNet: 27 Years Later, the UN Security Council Discusses the Karabakh Conflict yet Again

CIVILNET.AM

1 October, 2020 10:27

The United Nations Security Council addressed the Nagorno Karabakh conflict on September 29 in an emergency closed-door session in New York. Following the meeting, the members called for “Karabakh clashes to end immediately.”

The Security Council has 15 members, five of which – the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK – are permanent members and have veto power.

The discussion was initiated by Estonia, which is one of the non-permanent member states of the Security Council. It is unclear whether the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution as a result of the session. 

The last time the UN Security Council addressed Nagorno Karabakh was 27 years ago, in November of 1993, when it adopted its fourth and final resolution regarding the conflict. This occurred after the Armenian forces arrived at the shores of the Arax River. It was the only resolution out of the four that mentioned the engagement of Armenian armed forces in the Karabakh conflict.

As a result of Baku's diplomatic efforts, the Security Council first adopted a resolution regarding the conflict in April 1993, when Armenian forces went into Karvachar. All four resolutions – 822, 853, 874, and 884, were adopted during the most active phases of hostilities, from April to Nov. 1993.

During this six-month period, the territory of Karabakh more than doubled. It is worth noting that in May 1992, when Armenia and Karabakh became physically connected through the Lachin Humanitarian Corridor, the UN Security Council did not adopt a resolution. Presumably, the international community had understood the reasons for the conflict, the issue of people’s security, and humanitarian measures that needed to be taken. They understood that the safety of the people of Nagorno Karabakh would be under threat if there was no land connecting the region to its only security guarantor, Armenia.

In all four resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, there were two main points and demands — to put an end to fighting and hostile military operations, and to have the willingness to negotiate. In all four resolutions, the council urged the Karabakh armed forces to withdraw their units from the "occupied territories of Azerbaijan" and for Armenia to use its influence to ensure that the Nagorno Karabakh authorities complied with the provisions of the resolutions.

It’s a paradox that all four resolutions were being undermined by Azerbaijan despite being the party that initiated their adoption. It became apparent that for Baku the only acceptable point in all four resolutions was the one which called on Armenian forces to withdraw from the territories. Moreover, despite urging the adoption of all four resolutions, Azerbaijan used military force to attempt to gain an advantage. Their reasoning was to have a stronger position at the negotiation table. In all instances, Azerbaijan failed to gain an advantage. 

Following Resolution 822, which was adopted following the events that transpired in Karvachar, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 853. This time the focus was Aghdam. It is worth noting that after leaving Aghdam, for the first time Baku – with both written text and orally – expressed a desire to enter into direct negotiations with the military and political leadership of Karabakh. The first talks took place in late July 1993 in the Martakert region. In September of the same year, a secret meeting took place in Moscow between the then-Karabakh leader Robert Kocharyan, and then-Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev. In his archives, Russian mediator Vladimir Kazimirov saved a document that Baku authorities sent to Stepanakert. In the document, the Azerbaijanis used the wording Mountainous Nagorno Karabakh Republic to describe the region. Kazimirov humorously recalls advising the Azerbaijanis to remove the word republic and resend a new text.

UN Security Council Resolutions 874 and 884 called on the Armenian forces to withdraw their troops from Füzuli, Ghubatlu, and the territories on Arax River. Only Resolution 884 refers to Armenia's direct participation in the conflict.

Armenian forces expanded their security zone again after November 1993, but the UN Security Council did not adopt another resolution. On Dec. 17, 1993,  Azerbaijan launched a large-scale offensive along the entire front. This was the deadliest phase of the war, in which more than 5,000 people were killed over the span of five months. Azerbaijan was able to achieve some success in the Horadis region, as well as in Karvachar. While Azerbaijan managed to hold the land it captured in Horadis, it suffered a huge defeat in Karvachar, leaving behind hundreds of corpses in the snow-covered ranges of Mrav Mountain.

Today, Azerbaijan continuously refers to the UN Security Council resolutions, selectively emphasizing only those points that are in its interests. Baku has been making diplomatic efforts to transfer the negotiating platform from OSCE Minsk Group into other international spaces, including the UN, where it believes it can find a more favorable solution.

According to the latest official reports, as a result of the operations launched by Azerbaijan on Sept. 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani side has suffered more than 400 casualties. The Azeri Armed Forces lost a total of four helicopters, 36 ATS, 36 tanks, and an infantry combat vehicle, as well as two military engineering vehicles, 47 armored vehicles, and one aircraft.

The Armenian side has suffered more than 100 casualties.

CivilNet: 27 Years Later, the UN Security Council Discusses the Karabakh Conflict yet Again

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1 October, 2020 10:27

The United Nations Security Council addressed the Nagorno Karabakh conflict on September 29 in an emergency closed-door session in New York. Following the meeting, the members called for “Karabakh clashes to end immediately.”

The Security Council has 15 members, five of which – the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK – are permanent members and have veto power.

The discussion was initiated by Estonia, which is one of the non-permanent member states of the Security Council. It is unclear whether the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution as a result of the session. 

The last time the UN Security Council addressed Nagorno Karabakh was 27 years ago, in November of 1993, when it adopted its fourth and final resolution regarding the conflict. This occurred after the Armenian forces arrived at the shores of the Arax River. It was the only resolution out of the four that mentioned the engagement of Armenian armed forces in the Karabakh conflict.

As a result of Baku's diplomatic efforts, the Security Council first adopted a resolution regarding the conflict in April 1993, when Armenian forces went into Karvachar. All four resolutions – 822, 853, 874, and 884, were adopted during the most active phases of hostilities, from April to Nov. 1993.

During this six-month period, the territory of Karabakh more than doubled. It is worth noting that in May 1992, when Armenia and Karabakh became physically connected through the Lachin Humanitarian Corridor, the UN Security Council did not adopt a resolution. Presumably, the international community had understood the reasons for the conflict, the issue of people’s security, and humanitarian measures that needed to be taken. They understood that the safety of the people of Nagorno Karabakh would be under threat if there was no land connecting the region to its only security guarantor, Armenia.

In all four resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, there were two main points and demands — to put an end to fighting and hostile military operations, and to have the willingness to negotiate. In all four resolutions, the council urged the Karabakh armed forces to withdraw their units from the "occupied territories of Azerbaijan" and for Armenia to use its influence to ensure that the Nagorno Karabakh authorities complied with the provisions of the resolutions.

It’s a paradox that all four resolutions were being undermined by Azerbaijan despite being the party that initiated their adoption. It became apparent that for Baku the only acceptable point in all four resolutions was the one which called on Armenian forces to withdraw from the territories. Moreover, despite urging the adoption of all four resolutions, Azerbaijan used military force to attempt to gain an advantage. Their reasoning was to have a stronger position at the negotiation table. In all instances, Azerbaijan failed to gain an advantage. 

Following Resolution 822, which was adopted following the events that transpired in Karvachar, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 853. This time the focus was Aghdam. It is worth noting that after leaving Aghdam, for the first time Baku – with both written text and orally – expressed a desire to enter into direct negotiations with the military and political leadership of Karabakh. The first talks took place in late July 1993 in the Martakert region. In September of the same year, a secret meeting took place in Moscow between the then-Karabakh leader Robert Kocharyan, and then-Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev. In his archives, Russian mediator Vladimir Kazimirov saved a document that Baku authorities sent to Stepanakert. In the document, the Azerbaijanis used the wording Mountainous Nagorno Karabakh Republic to describe the region. Kazimirov humorously recalls advising the Azerbaijanis to remove the word republic and resend a new text.

UN Security Council Resolutions 874 and 884 called on the Armenian forces to withdraw their troops from Füzuli, Ghubatlu, and the territories on Arax River. Only Resolution 884 refers to Armenia's direct participation in the conflict.

Armenian forces expanded their security zone again after November 1993, but the UN Security Council did not adopt another resolution. On Dec. 17, 1993,  Azerbaijan launched a large-scale offensive along the entire front. This was the deadliest phase of the war, in which more than 5,000 people were killed over the span of five months. Azerbaijan was able to achieve some success in the Horadis region, as well as in Karvachar. While Azerbaijan managed to hold the land it captured in Horadis, it suffered a huge defeat in Karvachar, leaving behind hundreds of corpses in the snow-covered ranges of Mrav Mountain.

Today, Azerbaijan continuously refers to the UN Security Council resolutions, selectively emphasizing only those points that are in its interests. Baku has been making diplomatic efforts to transfer the negotiating platform from OSCE Minsk Group into other international spaces, including the UN, where it believes it can find a more favorable solution.

According to the latest official reports, as a result of the operations launched by Azerbaijan on Sept. 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani side has suffered more than 400 casualties. The Azeri Armed Forces lost a total of four helicopters, 36 ATS, 36 tanks, and an infantry combat vehicle, as well as two military engineering vehicles, 47 armored vehicles, and one aircraft.

The Armenian side has suffered more than 100 casualties.