Azerbaijan: Unilateral Cease-Fire Against Nagorno-Karabakh

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 2:27 PM

Fighting in what was a dormant conflict for two decades flared up over the weekend with a boy and at least thirty troops killed on both sides. Each side accused the other for Saturday'south escalation, the worst since the finish of a full-scale war in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fourth.

Azerbaijan'south Defense Ministry announced a unilateral cease-fire Sun against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a claim that rebel forces there promptly rejected.

Fighting in what was a dormant conflict for two decades flared up over the weekend with a boy and at least thirty troops killed on both sides. Each side accused the other for Saturday'south escalation, the worst since the finish of a full-scale war in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fourth.

The defense ministry said, in response to pleas from international organizations, it'll be unilaterally "suspending a counter-offensive and response on the territories occupied by Armenia." The ministry added it'll not focus on fortifying the territory that Azerbaijan has "liberated." It did not elaborate.

Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan, has been below the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a war ended in 1994 with number resolution of the region'south status. The conflict is fueled by long-simmering tensions between Christian Armenians and mostly Muslim Azeris.

Armenian forces also occupy several areas exterior Nagorno-Karabakh proper. The sides are separated by a demilitarized buffer zone, but tiny clashes have broken out frequently.

Executive in the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh promptly disputed the reports of Azerbaijan'south unilateral cease-fire. David Babayan, spokesman for the Karabakh president, told The Associated Press on Sun that they'd not seen any signs that fighting was suspended.

The defense ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sun also claimed to have restored control over a strategic area close the front line. It said Nagorno-Karabakh forces went on a counter-offensive around the village of Talish after Azerbaijani forces shelled their positions just before dawn. Two Karabakh troops were reported injured.

It also said Azerbaijan was using rockets, artillery and armor against the region.

Earlier Sunday, a spokesman for Azerbaijan'south Defense Ministry, Vagif Dargyakhly, said Azerbaijani positions came below fire overnight and that civilian areas also were hit.

On Saturday, Armenia said eighteen soldiers were killed and Azerbaijan reported twelve dead.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sun to back its ally Azerbaijan in the conflict, saying that the flare-up could've been avoided if "objective and decisive steps" had been taken.

"We pray our Azerbaijani brothers will prevail in these clashes with the minimum casualties," he said.

The unresolved conflict has been an economic blow to Armenia because Turkey has closed its border with Armenia.

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Avet Demourian in Yerevan, Armenia, and Dominique Soguel in Istanbul contributed to this report.

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