U.N. calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to end fighting – live blog

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The United Nations Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia in battles over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The fighting, which raged for a fourth day on Wednesday, have killed dozens of soldiers and at least 11 civilians, according to statements by the two governments. The conflict has threatened to widen as both sides accused each other of targeting border areas outside Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenian officials said Turkey was deploying F-16 fighter jets in the conflict.

France has called for an urgent meeting of the Minsk Group, co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States, to help end the fighting, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

(All times local Turkish time, GMT+3)


10:30 – Syrian Turkmen fighters sent to Azerbaijan – observatory

Over 300 Syrian Turkmen fighters have been deployed to Azerbaijan by Turkey to support Baku in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, according to a war monitor and a Syrian rebel commander, Voice of America said.

“These Syrian fighters come from two ethnic Turkmen armed groups, including the Sultan Murad Division and the Suleyman Shah Brigade,” Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told VOA in a phone interview.

SOHR reported the death of the first Syrian fighter in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.


10:00 – Azerbaijan says neutralised 2,300 Armenian soldiers

Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said that some 2,300 Armenian soldiers were killed or wounded by Azerbaijani army since Sept. 27.

Nearly 130 tanks and other armoured vehicles, more than 200 artillery, rocket launchers and mortars, 25 air defence systems, 6 observation posts, 5 ammunition depots, and 50 anti-tank vehicles were destroyed by Azerbaijan since the clashes erupted on Sunday, the statement said.


9:20 – Turkey tells U.S. Armenia must withdraw army from disputed region

Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın told U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien in a phone call on Tuesday that Armenia’s withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh was essential for regional peace and stability, according to a statement by the Turkish presidency.

Kalın said Turkey would continue to support Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and independence.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reiterated Kalın’s remarks in a press conference with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Turkey, Khazar Ibrahim, saying that the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan could only be solved with the withdrawal of Armenia from Azerbaijani territories, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.


8:50 – Turkish denies sending Syrian fighters to support Azerbaijan

Ömer Çelik, the spokesman for Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), denied reports that Turkey sent Syrian fighters to help its ally Azerbaijan, saying the allegations were part of Armenia’s attempts to create “dark propaganda” about Turkey, Milliyet newspaper reported late on Tuesday.

On Monday, Armenia’s ambassador to Moscow said Turkey had sent around 4,000 fighters from Turkish-controlled northern Syria to Azerbaijan and that they joined battles in Nagorno-Karabakh.


23:10 – Chairman of powerful Committee says U.S. should not tolerate Turkey’s meddling in Karabakh conflict

Head of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee called on “leaders in Azerbaijan and Armenia to take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation, end hostilities, and refrain from seizing territory across the line of contact.”

Like Biden, Democrat leader at the House also called on U.S. government not to tolerate Turkey disrupting the peace process and exacerbating the conflict. Engel wrote, “Turkey’s recklessly meddling in the conflict is troubling.”

“The international community must remain committed to the peace process.” the statement added.


23:00 – Azerbaijani, Armenian leaders accuse each other on Russian state television

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused each other of firing directly into each other’s territory and shut down any possibility of peace talks, while also giving conflicting accounts on Turkey’s involvement in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Aliyev flatly ruled out any peace talks on Russian state television, Reuters reported, while Pashinyan said at the same channel later that talks could not take place while fighting continued.

“This is the new model of Russian mediation,” Turkish Russia analyst Kerim Has said in a tweet. The analyst recounted Aliyev as rejecting Turkish involvement in clashes, and Pashinyan saying Turkey “could have left behind soldiers in the region following military exercises.”


21:00 – Pro-gov’t media boasts Turkish drones’ proximity to Armenian capital

Unarmed aerial combat vehicles that belong to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have been flying near the Armenian capital, pro-government daily Yeni Şafak reported on Tuesday.

The Bayraktar TB2 drones are flying some 25 km from Armenian capital Yerevan, Yeni Şafak said.

Turkish-made drones have been used extensively in the Azerbaijani armed forces’ operation against Armenia, it added. The drones that belong to the TSK are flying along the border between Armenia and Turkey.

Ahval

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