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Live updates: Day 29 of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

25 October 2020

Fighting is continuing for the 29th day over Nagorno-Karabakh, despite a ceasefire being agreed in Moscow.

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26 Oct 2020, 00:20

Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers to meet with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Geneva

The OSCE Minsk Group has announced that the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov, will meet in Geneva on 29 October. They will be joined by the Minsk Group co-chairs, the US, France and Russia.

The Minsk Group is responsible for mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The announcement follows a trip by the two foreign ministers to Washington today where they met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as the Minsk Group co-chairs.

According to the statement, the meeting will be aimed ‘to discuss, reach agreement on, and begin implementation, in accordance with a timeline to be agreed upon, of all steps necessary to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the basic principles accepted by the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia’. 

26 Oct 2020, 00:10

Azerbaijan announces new gains

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has announced that Azerbaijan has taken control of several villages in the Zangilan (Kovsakan), Jabrayil (Jrakan) and Gubadli (Kashunik) districts as well as ‘part of’ Kalbajar (Karvanchar) district.

He also said that the city of Gubadli itself came under Azerbaijani control.  

25 Oct 2020, 23:56

New ceasefire announced in Washington

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire starting at 08:00 tomorrow morning. The ceasefire was announced in a joint statement by the two countries and the United States. The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers are currently in Washington where they met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Two previous attempts to establish humanitarian ceasefires, on 10 and 17 October, broke down within minutes of coming into force.

25 Oct 2020, 19:36

Russian troop deploy to Syunik province

There have been numerous reports in recent days of Russian troops setting up positions along Armenia’s border with Nagorno-Karabakh in Syunik Province.

One photo by TASS photographer Sergei Bobylev shows a field camp on 23 October near the village of Tegh, close to the strategically important Lachin (Berdzor) pass. In recent days, Azerbaijani forces have made advances towards the pass, over which the main road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia lies.

A field camp of Russian troops near the village of Tegh, Syunik Province. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images.

 

Russia is obliged to protect Armenia from attack under the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

25 Oct 2020, 17:09

Iran deploys troops to northern border

Units of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have deployed to Jolfa and Khoda Afarin on Iran’s northern border in response to the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Iranian state-run news agency IRNA reported that the deployment included ‘tanks and other military equipment’.

25 Oct 2020, 14:06

Adam Schiff calls for US recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh

The chair of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, has called for the US to recognise Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state.


‘With bombs, and drones, and Syrian mercenaries, Turkey and Azerbaijan are pushing ahead with a war that has no end in sight’, he said. 

‘If they persist in this violence, we must recognise the Republic of Artsakh as an independent nation. Doing so would send the strongest possible message that we will not allow border disputes to be settled by the indiscriminate and devastating use of force against civilian populations.’

‘Aliyev and Erdogan must be made to understand that if they continue with this war, there will be consequences. The United States will not stand idly by.’

Schiff, who represents California’s 28th congressional district, which has a significant Armenian-American population, is the vice-chair of the Armenian-American Caucus.

He was one of the co-sponsors of a resolution recognising the Armenian Genocide in October 2019.

25 Oct 2020, 13:04

US Embassy in Baku warns of ‘credible reports’ of planned terrorist attack

The US Embassy in Baku has released a security alert for US Citizens in Azerbaijan warning of ‘credible reports’ that terrorist attacks were being planned in Baku.

‘The US Embassy in Baku has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Baku, including against hotels such as the JW Marriott Absheron, as well as potentially other locations in Baku.’

25 Oct 2020, 12:34

Nagorno-Karabakh appeals to Red Cross over treatment of PoWs

Nagorno-Karabakh’s foreign ministry has appealed to the Red Cross over the publication by Azerbaijan of videos of prisoners of war. 

The Geneva Conventions obliges states to protect prisoners from ‘public curiosity’.

25 Oct 2020, 12:10

Fighting continues

Both sides have said that fighting is continuing today along the entire length of the front.

The Nagorno-Karabakh army has said that several settlements came under bombardment overnight.

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