German Chancellor Urges Azerbaijan to Stop Attacks on Nagorno-Karabakh

Tue Sep 19 2023
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BERLIN: German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz said on Tuesday that the hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan must end immediately.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the German Chancellor said that the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is very critical. The government in Baku must immediately end the attacks and return to diplomacy to reach a peaceful solution.

In the latest flare-up in the region, five people have died, and 80 are wounded after Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack on the Republic of Artsakh.

Conflict Between Azerbaijan, Armenia

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old territorial dispute since their independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Both countries have fought several skirmishes and a war in 2020.

Now, Azerbaijan has launched military action in Nagorno-Karabakh, a step that could presage a new war in the volatile region. However, Baku said that it was necessary to restore constitutional order and drive out Armenian military formations from the area.

It was not clear whether Baku’s military action would trigger a full-scale war dragging in Armenia or be a more limited military operation.

The fighting could alter the geopolitical balance in the South Caucasus region, which is crisscrossed with gas and oil pipelines, and where Russia – distracted by its own conflict with Ukraine – is trying to preserve its influence in the face of greater interest from Turkiye, which backs Azerbaijan.

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