Baku, Azerbaijan – Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused to start talks to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan said he did not intend to send peacekeepers to the region. “We have neutralized 2,300 Armenian soldiers,” the Azerbaijani army said.
The tension on the Azerbaijan-Armenia line over Nagorno-Karabakh, which began on Sunday, continues today. While the parties announced last night that they would not sit at the negotiating table, a very clear and harsh message came from Azerbaijan today.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that fighting continued throughout the night, and 2,300 Armenian troops were neutralized. A statement by the ministry, “Armenian soldiers dead and injured in the dates of September 27-30 2.300, approximately 130 tanks and armored vehicles, artillery and missile air defense system more than 200 of the system of approximately 25, 6 command and management, command and observation and parish, 5 ammunition depot, about 50 anti-tank gun and the 55 cars are destroyed.”
The United Nations Security Council expressed concern over the clashes and called on the parties to start talks.
After clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh that began on Sunday and killed dozens of people, the two countries yesterday accused each other of targeting their territory outside Karabakh.
Despite calls by the United States and Russia for the parties to stop the conflict, these developments signaled that the conflict could escalate.
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev announced yesterday that he had firmly ruled out the possibility of a meeting. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the talks could not be held while the fighting continued.
“The international community should condemn Azerbaijan’s aggressive stance and Turkey’s actions and demand Turkey’s withdrawal from the region,” the Armenian prime minister said.
Pashinyan suggested that Turkey’s military presence in the region would increase the severity and extent of the conflicts, while Aliyev explained that Turkey is certainly not involved in the conflicts.
Armenian PM Pashinyan says Armenia is not considering deploying peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh
The United Nations Security Council said in a statement earlier today that it was concerned about the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
After a closed-door meeting with the press, the Security Council announced that they were concerned about reports of large-scale military action on the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and “strongly condemned the use of force”.
“Members of the Security Council support the secretary-general’s call to the parties to immediately stop the conflict, reduce tensions and return to reasonable negotiations without delay,” the statement said.