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A cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan seems to be holding after two days of heavy combating linked to a decades-old dispute between the Caucasus neighbors over the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh killed dozens.

The clashes that erupted on September 13 — the worst for the reason that two sides fought a warfare in 2020 — ended “because of the worldwide involvement” in a single day on September 15, Armenia’s Safety Council stated, after earlier failed makes an attempt by Russia to dealer a truce.

Nevertheless, Azerbaijan has but to substantiate the cease-fire, which was first introduced by the secretary of Armenia’s Safety Council, Armen Grigorian, on Armenian tv.

Azerbaijan’s Protection Ministry stated on September 15 {that a} whole of 71 of its troopers had been killed throughout clashes this week on the border with Armenia, updating a earlier dying toll of fifty.

Azerbaijan has stated it is able to hand over the our bodies of as much as 100 Armenian troops to the opposite aspect. Armenia has stated 105 of its troopers have been killed since September 13.

The United Nations welcomed the cease-fire announcement.

UN Assistant Secretary-Normal Miroslav Jenca stated “the worldwide group should stay totally dedicated to a peaceable settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and spare no effort to de-escalate the present tensions, carry the events again to the negotiation desk and assist them obtain peace and stability within the area.”

Each side have blamed one another for beginning the latest hostilities, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of an unprovoked assault that reached into Armenian territory and Baku saying it was responding to shelling by Armenian forces.

Earlier than the cease-fire was introduced, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian stated Azerbaijani forces had struck and seized a number of Armenian settlements alongside their shared border and in territory past Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku stated it was responding to “provocations” by the Armenian aspect.

Russia stated it was in search of to reverse any shift within the army stability of the area that had occurred on account of this week’s combating.

“We’re in shut contact with each international locations in order to reach at a sustainable cease-fire and the return of Azerbaijani and Armenian army to their positions of origin,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya informed the 15-member Safety Council on September 15.

In Yerevan, 1000’s of individuals took to the streets late on September 14 to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, whom they accuse of appeasing Azerbaijan.

The seemingly spontaneous protest was apparently sparked by Pashinian’s assertion in parliament earlier within the day that he was able to “make powerful selections for the sake of peace.”

“We need to signal a doc a results of which many individuals will criticize, curse, and declare us traitors,” Pashinian stated.

“The individuals might even take away us from energy. We are going to nonetheless be comfortable if on account of that [document] the Republic of Armenia will get a long-lasting peace and safety on its 29,800-square-kilometer territory.”

Pashinian didn’t elaborate on the contents of such a doc.

Baku and Yerevan have been locked in a battle over Nagorno-Karabakh for years. Armenian-backed separatists seized the primarily Armenian-populated area from Azerbaijan throughout a warfare within the early Nineteen Nineties that killed some 30,000 individuals.

The 2 sides fought one other warfare in 2020 that lasted six weeks and killed an estimated 6,000 individuals earlier than a Russian-brokered cease-fire, leading to Armenia dropping management over elements of the area and 7 adjoining districts.

Below the cease-fire Moscow deployed about 2,000 troops to the area to function peacekeepers. Russia moved rapidly to barter an finish to the most recent hostilities, however a renewal of the cease-fire has failed to carry.

Pashinian informed parliament that Armenia had appealed to the Moscow-led Collective Safety Treaty Group (CSTO) to assist it restore its territorial integrity.

“Our allies are Russia and the CSTO,” Pashinian stated, including that the CSTO pact states that an aggression in opposition to one member is an aggression in opposition to all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of different CSTO members have mentioned the state of affairs, urging a fast cessation of hostilities.

Putin is about to carry a gathering on September 16 with Aliyev in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the place each are attending a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Group, a safety grouping dominated by Russia and China.

Putin may even meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which is Azerbaijan’s primary ally.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, dpa, and AFP

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