Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a speech broadcast on state television on Sunday evening that Armenia must set a timetable for withdrawal from Nagorno Karabakh before stopping the fighting that took place in it about a week ago.
He added that the Armenian presidency should think carefully before it is too late, stressing that what is only available is to negotiate a withdrawal from the region without conditions.
Aliyev considered that controlling the city of Gabriel yesterday, Sunday, is a lesson for Armenia and its supporters, and that they should learn from it, as he put it. He called on her to acknowledge that Nagorny Karabakh is an Azeri land and “apologize to the Azerbaijani people for the occupation, and then a ceasefire can be negotiated.”
Take control of villages
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense confirmed that since the start of the fighting on 27 September, 14 villages have been captured, in addition to the strategic Morovdag mountain range.
Aliyev announced, on Saturday evening, in a tweet, the control of 7 villages during the day. Hours earlier, he had reiterated that the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the “occupied territories” alone could put an end to the conflict that has continued since 1990.
In turn, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan considered that Armenia is facing “perhaps the most fateful moment in its contemporary history”, calling for mobilization to achieve “victory.”
The Nagorno Karabakh region, which has an Armenian majority, declared its secession from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s, which led to a war that caused 30,000 deaths.
No peace agreement was signed between the two parties, although the front has been almost frozen since then, but it was witnessing clashes from time to time.
The two sides accuse each other of the resumption of fighting on 27 September, which has produced what could be the most dangerous crisis in the region since the 1994 ceasefire, and raises fears of an open war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
In this context, the European Union called for an immediate end to the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and called for the start of negotiations between them as soon as possible under the umbrella of the Minsk Group.
European Commissioner for Security and Foreign Policy Josep Borrell said in a tweet on his Twitter page that the high civilian casualties are unacceptable.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that the Armenian army bombed the city of Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, after the capital, Baku.
The Azerbaijani Defense Minister said that the bombing took place from Armenian territory, which was denied by the Armenian government. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported the killing of a civilian and the wounding of 4 others in the bombing of Ganja.
On Sunday, Turkey condemned “attacks carried out by Armenian forces on the city of Ganja in the context of the conflict related to Karabakh.”
Turkey supports Azerbaijan in the decades-old conflict over Nagorny Karabakh, which Baku considers under Armenian occupation.
However, the Armenian Ministry of Defense denied that the bombing of Ganja took place from its territory, and said that it was carried out from the Karabakh region.