The heavy fighting between the forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia for control of the separatist enclave of Nagorno Karabakh they continued yesterday for the second day in a row, despite calls for a ceasefire.
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Azerbaijan claims control of the province, which has a Christian Armenian majority, whose secession in 1991 was not recognized by the international community.
“The fighting continues with varying intensity”, said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan, who spoke of Azerbaijan’s use of “large amounts of artillery” in its attacks.
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Earlier, Hovhannisyan reported a “Massive offensive” of the Azerbaijani forces on the south and northeast flanks of the front line.
As of this Monday night, the total balance of losses rose to 95 dead, 11 of them civilians: nine in Azerbaijan and two on the Armenian side.
An open war between Yerevan and Baku could destabilize the South Caucasus, especially if Turkey and Russia intervene.
Despite this, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Armenia yesterday to put an end to what he called the “occupation of Nagorno Karabakh”. “Turkey will continue to support the brother and friend country that is Azerbaijan (…) by all means,” he said, encouraging Baku to “take action on the matter.”.
Armenia, for its part, yesterday submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in which it asked to indicate to the Azerbaijani Government “To cease its military attacks against civilian populations.”
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Meanwhile, the UN Security Council called a meeting for today, promoted by France and Germany and supported by other countries.
AFP AND EFE