Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he is ready to resume peace talks with Azerbaijan. Authorities in France have called for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh today, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to hold peace talks in Moscow and both Armenians and Asherites have it.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 9, 2020
Hundreds have been killed in the conflict and both parties have accused the other of attacking civilians. Calls from the United States, Russia, and France for a ceasefire have so far been ignored.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have long been at loggerheads over Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus but were reconciled by peace in 1994. Russia, France, and the United States have since taken the lead in mediating relations between the two countries.
The province is a landlocked area between the states that formally belong to Azerbaijan. However, it is ruled by Armenian separatists. The conflict has raised concerns that Turkey, which is behind Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a defense agreement with Armenia, could be drawn into it.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Home Rule Government says that overall 376 soldiers of the local government have fallen in the conflict.
Tens of thousands have fled the province due to the conflict, which has now been going on for almost two weeks. In a news item in France24, the city of Goris was visited, where many refugees have sought refuge and interviewed refugees and residents.
The Associated Press reports that many Lebanese people of Armenian descent are following the conflict closely and some of them say they are ready to go and take part in it. A group of people had already gone to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Many Lebanese people are of Armenian descent, mostly descendants of people who survived the Ottoman genocide of 1918 and fled to Lebanon. The AP news says that the Armenian flag can be seen in many places on a balcony in Beirut.
At the same time, experts say that Turkey has sent more than 1,200 Syrian mercenaries to the conflict zone, where they are taking part in the conflict alongside Aser. AP sources in Syria have confirmed this and say that Turkey is hiring people to protect oil wells, but most of them will end up on the front lines.
Both Turkey and Azerbaijan deny the involvement of Syrian mercenaries.