Armenian separatists in Karabakh have agreed to a cease-fire that may take maintain at 1 p.m. native time, the Azerbaijani presidency introduced Wednesday on the second day of a navy operation.
The armed Armenians additionally accepted Baku’s proposal for talks to combine the disputed area into Azerbaijan, the presidency stated.
After months of rising tensions within the Armenian-populated Karabakh within the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan this week despatched troops backed by artillery strikes into the area to “restore constitutional order” within the area.
“Points raised by the Azerbaijani aspect on reintegration, guaranteeing the rights and safety of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh … might be mentioned at a gathering between representatives of the native Armenian inhabitants and the central authorities of the Republic Azerbaijan,” separatist authorities stated Wednesday.
“They may happen within the metropolis of Yevlakh on Sept. 21.”
The cease-fire comes after lower than 24 hours of Azerbaijan’s anti-terrorist operation within the troubled territory concentrating on unlawful armed forces.
Armenia occupied giant swathes of Karabakh in a conflict that unfolded because the Soviet Union collapsed. Azerbaijan took most of it again in a six-week battle in 2020, ended by a Russian-brokered truce.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev earlier on Wednesday had warned the operation would proceed till the separatists lay down their arms after the U.S. known as on Baku to halt hostilities and Moscow urged either side to cease the bloodshed within the disputed area.
Citing “rising provocations” by the Armenian armed forces in current months, and the so-called regime’s “presidential election,” Aliyev stated Baku needed to begin anti-terrorist measures to stop these actions.
The Azerbaijani military doesn’t goal civilians and infrastructure services, and solely destroys reputable navy targets, he assured.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with each Aliyev and Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, urging Azerbaijan to “instantly stop navy actions” and de-escalate the state of affairs.
In a readout of the decision, the U.S. Division of State stated that Aliyev “expressed readiness” to cease hostilities and maintain a gathering with representatives of Karabakh.
Blinken informed Pashinian of their name that Armenia has Washington’s full assist.
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, known as “for a direct finish to the combating” after the European Union, France and Germany condemned Azerbaijan’s navy motion.
Türkiye expressed assist for Baku’s operation “to protect its territorial integrity,” with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying: “We have now supported the negotiation course of between Azerbaijan and Armenia from the start. Nonetheless, we see that Armenia has not totally seized this historic alternative.”
Armenia must maintain its pledges, together with respect for the Zangezur hall, Erdoğan informed Tuesday’s UNGA summit in New York.
The Turkish International Ministry too urged the perimeters to proceed their “complete negotiation course of,” which is “the one technique to set up peace, safety, prosperity and everlasting stability within the area.”
Aliyev later thanked Erdoğan for his solidarity in Azerbaijan’s “rightful trigger.”
Russia and the South Caucasus
Russia – distracted by its personal conflict in Ukraine – is searching for to protect its affect within the area, crisscrossed with oil and fuel pipelines, within the face of higher exercise from Türkiye.
Moscow known as early on Wednesday on either side to cease the bloodshed and hostilities and return to implementing the 2020 cease-fire settlement.
“We urge the conflicting events to instantly cease the bloodshed, cease hostilities and get rid of civilian casualties,” Russia’s International Ministry stated in a press release posted on its Telegram messaging platform.
Relations between Russia and Armenia – conventional allies – have frayed badly since President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and additional deteriorated in current months over what Armenia says is Moscow’s failure to totally uphold the 2020 cease-fire deal.
Armenia, which had been holding periodic peace talks with Azerbaijan, together with questions on Karabakh’s future, condemned Baku’s “full-scale aggression” in opposition to the folks of Karabakh and accused Azerbaijan of shelling cities and villages.
Azerbaijan stated its intention was to “disarm and safe the withdrawal of formations of Armenia’s armed forces from our territories, (and) neutralize their navy infrastructure.”
Baku on Tuesday additionally assured a humanitarian hall was established on the Lachin street – the one land route connecting Armenia to Karabakh – and different instructions for the evacuation of Karabakh civilians.