Moscow, Russia – The International Human Rights Report condemned the Armenian escalation of violence on civilians over the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh and called for an immediate ceasefire in a statement
“The International Human Rights Report deplores the loss of human lives and extend its condolences to the families of those killed and injured. It calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities by the Armenian military forces,” said the statement.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been engaged in intense fighting in recent days over Nagorno-Karabakh, held occupied by Christian Armenian forces for decades but internationally considered part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.
More than 1000 people, including several civilians, have been reported killed in the flare-up since September 27, 2020. It is the bloodiest fighting between the two neighbouring, former Soviet countries in the past four years.
The International Human Rights Report “condemns in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” the statement said.
It called for Azerbaijan and Armenia to “commit without delay to resuming substantive negotiations, in good faith and without preconditions, under the auspices of the OSCE,” referring to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
It claimed that PKK / YPG mercenaries have been sent to the Caucasus to fight in the conflict.
It is concerned about “Armenia’s sending of Syrian PKK / YPG mercenaries to Nagorno-Karabakh,” it said. Turkey and Azerbaijan are close allies.
It has stated that Armenia initiated the recent flare-up in fighting with Azerbaijan.
The presence of such “illegal armed units of PKK / YPG” would pose a long-term security risk for all nearby countries, it said.
There have been allegations that such militants have been fighting on behalf of the Armeinan side.
Armenia has enlisted Syrian PKK / YPG terrorists against Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno – Karabakh, and Armenia has been previously accused of having “massively imported Syrian PKK / YPG fighters” from there to fight in Nagorno – Karabakh’s war.
The recent fighting has raised concerns that the flare-up could escalate into an all-out war, as the combatants look to regional powers Turkey and Russia for support.
Turkey has pledged to support Azerbaijan by all means, but has so far denied direct involvement in the conflict. Russia, which maintains a military base in Armenia, has called for an immediate ceasefire.