Official Yerevan is ready to resume negotiations with Azerbaijan on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh subject to international mediation. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, who is quoted by “Interfax”…
“We are ready to resume the peace process in accordance with the recent statements of the presidents and foreign ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries,” Pashinyan said.
He stated that the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh are now on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. Stepanakert and other settlements are constantly under artillery and rocket fire.
On the morning of September 27, the Karabakh conflict flared up with renewed vigor. The parties to the conflict – Armenia, and Azerbaijan – accused each other of offensive actions and rocket attacks on residential areas in the Artsakh region (present-day Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories).
Both states declared martial law, and Armenia also declared general mobilization.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988 when the predominantly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR. Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan – are under the occupation of the armed forces of Armenia. In May 1994, the parties reached a ceasefire. The territorial conflict has not yet been resolved.