Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shooting civilians in Nagorno Karabakh

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The prime minister noted that in the past two years three civilians have been killed and 16 wounded, while 54 others have suffered assassination attempts

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 Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shooting civilians in Nagorno Karabagh

Azerbaijani military in Nagorno Karabagh (AZERBAIJAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE)

The Prime Minister of Armenia , Nikol Pashinyan, accused Azerbaijan on Monday of shooting civilians in Nagorno Karabagh, despite the fact that he considers them to be Azeri citizens.

“Azerbaijan calls the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh 'our citizens' and, at the same time, shoots them while doing agricultural work,” Pashinián denounced in a message on his profile on the social network Twitter.

Pashinián regretted that for two years -since November 9, 2020- three civilians have died and 16 have been injured, while “another 54 have suffered assassination attempts”.

Is this how the Azeri narrative that the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is resolved is being implemented?”, the Armenian prime minister wondered, in the context of the conflict.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire on September 15 and in early October agreed to commit to the UN Charter and the 1991 Declaration of Alma Ata, through which both countries recognize each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty. . After that, Pashinyan stressed before Parliament that he hopes the peace treaty with Azerbaijan will be signed before the end of the year.

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shooting civilians in Nagorno Karabakh< /p>Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses parliament following the escalation of hostilities over the Nagorno Karabagh region on Armenia's border with Azerbaijan, in Yerevan, Armenia. September 13, 2022. Tigran Mehrabyan/PAN Photo via REUTERS

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-long conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is inside Azerbaijan but under the control of ethnic Armenian forces supported by Yerevan since a separatist war there ended in 1994.

In a six-week war in 2020, Azerbaijan captured vast sections of Nagorno- Karabakhand adjacent territories that had been held by Armenian forces for decades. More than 6,700 people were killed in the fighting, which ended in a Russian-brokered peace deal. Moscow deployed some 2,000 soldiers to the region as a peacekeeping force.

A new round of hostilities broke out in September, when more than 200 soldiers from both sides were killed in two days of heavy fighting. Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other for renewed violence.

Russia is Armenia's main ally, maintains a military base in the country, but also has close ties with Azerbaijan.< /p>

Following the latest fighting, some Armenian officials expressed dismay that Russia did not take more decisive steps to help protect the interests of Armenia, which is a member of a security alliance from various former Soviet nations.

(With information from Europa Press)