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Live updates: Day 36 of war in Nagorno-Karabakh 

1 November 2020

Fighting is continuing for the 36th day over Nagorno-Karabakh, despite three ceasefires being agreed.

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01 Nov 2020, 18:54

Pope Francis calls for end to fighting

In his Sunday address to the faithful, Pope Francis called for an end to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which he called ‘a tragedy’. The Pope called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to enter into a dialogue with one another together with the participation of the international community.

01 Nov 2020, 15:21

Armenia publishes video of alleged Syrian mercenary

Shushan Stepanyan, a spokesperson for the Armenian Ministry of Defence, has published a video that allegedly shows a Syrian mercenary captured by Armenian forces. In the video, the man says that he was promised $2000 a month to fight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with an extra $100 payment for ‘the head of each unbeliever’. 

01 Nov 2020, 15:11

Turkish Defence Minister to visit Baku

RIA reports that in his meeting with Ilham Aliyev, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu informed the Azerbaijani President that Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar will be visiting Baku.

01 Nov 2020, 15:10

Aliyev in meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister: Yerevan has ‘no basis’ to request help from Moscow

In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev commented on Pashinyan’s appeal to Moscow yesterday. The Azerbaijani President said that Armenia has ‘no basis’ from which to ask for aid from Moscow. 

Aliyev added that ‘Azerbaijan is undertaking military operations on its recognised territory, there are no plans to do so on Armenian territory’. 

01 Nov 2020, 12:17

Armenian official dismisses Scandinavian peacekeeping proposal as ‘unlikely’ 

Vagharshak Harutyunyan, Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister of Armenia, in an interview with Armenia’s public broadcaster said that Armenia considers the deployment of Scandinavian peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh ‘just a proposal’ that was ‘unlikely’ and difficult to implement. 

He said that Armenia would like to see Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, but Azerbaijan is ‘leaning’ towards the ‘Turkish factor’. Russia, however, is against a Turkish presence in Nagorno-Karabakh, he said. 

01 Nov 2020, 11:53

Turkish foreign minister arrives in Baku

RIA reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has arrived in Baku to discuss the ongoing war with Azerbaijani authorities. 

01 Nov 2020, 11:33

Armenia and Azerbaijan report fighting overnight

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence has stated that battles continued overnight near Martakert (Aghdara), Aghdam (Akna), Martuni (Khojavand), and Gubadli (Kashunik). 

In the morning the Ministry reported that Armenia had shelled units of Azerbaijani army ‘located in Tovuz, Gadabay, and Gubadli regions of Azerbaijan from the territory of Berd, Chambarak, and Goris regions of Armenia’.  

Shushan Stepanyan, a spokesperson for Armenian Ministry of Defense, has reported that the situation overnight ‘was tense’ in the city of Martuni and nearby settlements as shelling and bombardment took place. 

She added that the attacks resumed in the morning. There are no casualties reported among the civilian population.

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