Hope for ceasefire between Armenia, Azerbaijan frays as attacks intensify.

Click to play video 'Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire strained as Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict heats up'

WATCH: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire strained as Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict heats up – Oct 12, 2020

Hopes of a humanitarian ceasefire ending fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh sank on Thursday as the death toll mounted and Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of launching new attacks.

Azerbaijan’s president said his country’s armed forces would take control of all regions surrounding the breakaway mountain territory if Armenia continued to “act negatively.”

Armenia accused Azerbaijan’s ally, Turkey, of not allowing aircraft carrying emergency aid to enter its airspace despite fears of a humanitarian disaster.

The ceasefire brokered by Russia last Saturday was intended to let the sides swap detainees and bodies of those killed. But it has had little impact on the fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

Several hundred people have been killed in the deadliest flare-up of the decades-old conflict since a 1990s war over Nagorno-Karabakh killed about 30,000 people.

The ceasefire’s failure to end the fighting has stoked fears about the security of pipelines in Azerbaijan that carry natural gas and oil to international markets, and raised concerns that Turkey or Russia could be drawn into a wider conflict.

Aliyev said the peace process could begin only if Turkey were included in mediation talks, long driven by Russia, France and the United States.

“Turkey plays a role here and that is Turkey’s right. It has been like that historically,” Aliyev told Turkish broadcaster NTV.

He said he did not advocate a military solution but Azeri forces could take all of Nagorno-Karabakh’s five major regions if Armenia did not set out a specific timeline to withdraw from the area. Around 40 settlements had already “been liberated from the occupiers,” Aliyev added.

Trending Stories

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said his country was ready to implement ceasefire agreements but self-determination for Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke away from Azeri control as the Soviet Union collapsed, was a “red line” that could not be crossed.

The Russian and Turkish foreign ministers agreed by phone that a peaceful resolution was the only option, Russian news agency RIA reported.

MOUNTING DEATH TOLL

The authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh said 604 of the territory’s defense personnel had been killed since Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan had on Wednesday put its civilian death toll at 43 and four more were killed and three wounded at a funeral in its Terter region when an artillery shell fell on a cemetery, the Azeri prosecutor-general’s office said.

It said two civilians had also been wounded in shelling of the Aghdam area. Azerbaijan does not disclose military casualties.

The Armenian prosecutor-general’s office said Azeri drones had killed two soldiers in the Vardenis region of Armenia on Wednesday, raising the Armenian military death toll so far to five. They were not involved in military action, it said.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports but a Reuters television crew witnessed shelling of Stepanakert, the main city in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Data this week showed Turkey’s military exports to Azerbaijan have risen six-fold this year. Russia has a defense pact with Armenia.

The fighting, coming on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, could leave tens of thousands of people in need of aid over coming months, according to international organizations.

Zareh Sinanyan, Armenian High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, said the delivery of 100 tonnes of aid from the United States was being delayed as Turkey had prohibited Armenia-bound humanitarian aid flights over its airspace.

Armenia’s civil aviation committee was told on Wednesday the Qatar Airways flight from Los Angeles was canceled but gave no reasons, said the committee’s head, Tatevik Revazyan.

Turkey’s foreign ministry, which handles airspace issues, was not immediately available to comment.

© 2020 Reuters

Global News

Breaking news & current latest Canadian news headlines; national weather forecasts & predictions, local news videos, money and financial news; sports stats and scores.

https://globalnews.ca/

Related news
Judge orders Bill Barr's secret Trump memo to be released.

Judge orders Bill Barr's secret Trump memo to be released.

A federal judge this week rejected the Justice Department's attempts to keep secret a departmental opinion to not charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction at the end of the Mueller investigation, calling the administration's lawyers "...

Republicans target Big Tech as Facebook upholds its ban on Trump - FOX News Rundown.

Republicans target Big Tech as Facebook upholds its ban on Trump - FOX News Rundown.

Fox News Rundown podcast | May 5, 2021 Get more episodes of the Fox News Rundown podcast here: Big Tech companies have faced scrutiny from Republicans for censoring voices. GOP lawmakers are calling for the removal of Section 230 which grants inte...

A Belgian farmer accidentally moved the French border.

A Belgian farmer accidentally moved the French border.

A farmer in Belgium inadvertently shifted his country's border with France. The farmer was driving a tractor and apparently got annoyed by a large stone marker blocking his path. So, he slightly moved it, giving Belgium 7.5 more feet of land. CBSN...

Peloton recalls treadmills after injuries and child death.

Peloton recalls treadmills after injuries and child death.

Exercise equipment maker Peloton is recalling its Tread and Tread+ treadmill machines in the US after a number of injuries and the death of a child. It comes after regulators warned people in April to stop using the Tread+ if they have children or...

The Indonesian coral reef built on hope and why UK supermarkets could boycott products from Brazil.

The Indonesian coral reef built on hope and why UK supermarkets could boycott products from Brazil.

On this episode of The Daily Climate Show, why UK supermarkets could boycott products from Brazil. Plus the Indonesian coral reef built on hope, and a new way to protect sea birds from fishing nets. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos...

Trump Calls Decision To Uphold His Facebook Suspension 'A Total Disgrace' - NBC News NOW.

Trump Calls Decision To Uphold His Facebook Suspension 'A Total Disgrace' - NBC News NOW.

Former President Trump has released a statement calling the decision to uphold his Facebook suspension "a total disgrace." NBC's Ben Collins has details on the decision.» Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collect...