On Tuesday, the UN Security Council, at the request of European countries, will hold an emergency closed meeting to discuss developments in Nagorny Karabakh, while battles continued during the night between the Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the region, causing deaths and injuries.
The sources said that the meeting will be held around 9 pm GMT, at the request of Belgium, following an initiative by Germany and France.
Since Sunday, Estonia, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, has insisted that the council meet to discuss the situation in the region.
According to the same diplomatic sources, Britain joined the European request.
According to diplomats, the Security Council may issue a statement at the conclusion of the meeting, and in the event that this is not possible, since the Council’s statements are not issued except by consensus, then the European member states of the Council can issue a statement representing them alone.
This came as bloody battles continued at dawn on Tuesday between the Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in Nagorno Karabakh.
World leaders urged the two sides to stop the fighting, after the fiercest escalation in the region since 2016 raised fears of a new all-out war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said today, Tuesday, that the fighting continued during the night, and added in a statement that the opposition forces tried to regain the lost areas by launching counterattacks, and the countries deployed heavy artillery today, Tuesday.
The spokesman for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, Colonel Waqif Dargahli, denied what Armenia announced yesterday about the shooting down of a warplane for his country, and confirmed that the news is untrue, and that it is rumors aimed at raising the morale of the Armenian army.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense stated that the “opposing forces” tried to regain the lands they lost, and launched counterattacks in the direction of Fuzuli, Gabriel, Aghdam and Tertir areas.
In a statement, the ministry said that a clash took place in the morning around the city of Fuzuli, and that the Armenian army bombed the Dashkan region on the border between the two countries, miles from Nagorny Karabakh.
Armenia denied this; However, it stated that there was fighting all night, and that the Nagorno Karabakh army repelled attacks from several directions along the line of contact.
Two Azerbaijanis accused Armenia of targeting civilians, and warned them not to do so. This morning, Interfax quoted the Azerbaijani president as saying that 10 civilians were killed after Armenian bombing.
And the separatist authorities in the region announced that 26 of their soldiers were killed Monday evening in the battles against the Azerbaijani forces, bringing the total of their human losses since the outbreak of the confrontations Sunday to 84 people.
Thus, the initial death toll from the fighting rises to 95, including 11 civilians: 9 in Azerbaijan, 2 on the Armenian side, noting that since the outbreak of the fighting, Baku has not announced its military death toll.
Under international law, Nagorny Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan; But the Armenians – who make up the vast majority of its population – reject Baku rule.
The region has been running its own affairs with the support of Armenia since it split from Azerbaijan during a conflict that erupted when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Although a ceasefire was agreed in 1994 after thousands were killed and more people were displaced, the two countries frequently exchange accusations of launching attacks within the region and on the borders between them.