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Azerbaijan: Aliyev demands withdrawal schedule of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh as ceasefire condition04:39

Azerbaijan: Aliyev demands withdrawal schedule of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh as ceasefire condition

Azerbaijan
October 5, 2020 at 00:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Sunday that the Azeri army has taken control of the city of Jebrail alongside several nearby villages around Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Today, the city of Jabrayil and nine villages of Jabrayil district have been liberated from occupation. I heartily congratulate all the people of Azerbaijan on this historic event,” he said.

Aliyev called on Yerevan to withdraw from the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Let him [Pashinian] say that he will withdraw his troops from the occupied territories, as stated in the fundamental principles. Let him say that he apologises to the Azerbaijani people and say that Karabakh is not Armenia,” he said.

He stated that “a schedule for a withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces” is a condition to “restore the ceasefire.”

“We would live with the hope that this issue would be resolved through negotiations. But every step was a provocation, every step was an insult, and he thinks that we will put up with that?” he added.

The head of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Arayik Harutyunyan, said that the army of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic delivered a warning artillery strike at military targets in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja.

The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan reported on Sunday, the Armenian side shelled the city of Ganja, resulting in casualties as well as destruction of civilian infrastructure.

The Defence Minister of the republic Zakir Gasanov stressed that "launching fire from the territory of Armenia on the territory of Azerbaijan is clearly provocative and expands the zone of hostilities."

Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan said that Azerbaijan itself expanded the war zone by shelling the settlements in the Vardenis area with artillery and UAVs. Tonoyan also added that Armenia hadn't shelled the territory of Azerbaijan with artillery.

The representative of Armenian Defence Ministry Artsrun Ovannisyan also said on Sunday that the military facilities in large Azerbaijani cities from now on will be the targets of NKR army.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation and report of thousands of casualties.

Azerbaijan: Aliyev demands withdrawal schedule of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh as ceasefire condition04:39
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced on Sunday that the Azeri army has taken control of the city of Jebrail alongside several nearby villages around Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Today, the city of Jabrayil and nine villages of Jabrayil district have been liberated from occupation. I heartily congratulate all the people of Azerbaijan on this historic event,” he said.

Aliyev called on Yerevan to withdraw from the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Let him [Pashinian] say that he will withdraw his troops from the occupied territories, as stated in the fundamental principles. Let him say that he apologises to the Azerbaijani people and say that Karabakh is not Armenia,” he said.

He stated that “a schedule for a withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces” is a condition to “restore the ceasefire.”

“We would live with the hope that this issue would be resolved through negotiations. But every step was a provocation, every step was an insult, and he thinks that we will put up with that?” he added.

The head of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Arayik Harutyunyan, said that the army of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic delivered a warning artillery strike at military targets in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja.

The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan reported on Sunday, the Armenian side shelled the city of Ganja, resulting in casualties as well as destruction of civilian infrastructure.

The Defence Minister of the republic Zakir Gasanov stressed that "launching fire from the territory of Armenia on the territory of Azerbaijan is clearly provocative and expands the zone of hostilities."

Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan said that Azerbaijan itself expanded the war zone by shelling the settlements in the Vardenis area with artillery and UAVs. Tonoyan also added that Armenia hadn't shelled the territory of Azerbaijan with artillery.

The representative of Armenian Defence Ministry Artsrun Ovannisyan also said on Sunday that the military facilities in large Azerbaijani cities from now on will be the targets of NKR army.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation and report of thousands of casualties.

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