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    President Erdogan is ‘trying to reinstate the Turkish empire’ with ‘terrorist attacks’ supporting Azerbaijan in Karabakh, Armenian PM claims

    • Nikol Pashinyan has accused Turkey and Azerbaijan of ‘international terrorism’   
    • Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed region
    • Pashinyan claims Turkey is wants to reinstate its empire and continue genocide
    • During the 1915-1923 genocide Ottoman Turks killed 1.5 million Armenians

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said the actions of Turkey and Azerbaijan amounted to a ‘terroristic attack’ over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that formed part of the continuation of Armenian genocide.

    ‘What we are facing is an Azeri-Turkish international terroristic attack,’ Pashinyan said.

    ‘To me there is no doubt that this is a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and a policy of reinstating the Turkish empire.’ 

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused Turkey of ‘international terrorism’ in its support for Azerbaijan in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan claimed Turkey had a policy of continuing the Armenian genocide and was trying to reinstate its empire

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has changed the dynamic of the international response to the conflict by taking a more active role. Previously, Russia was the main player, which along with the UK, US and France, is a guarantor of the 1994 ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has changed the dynamic of the international response to the conflict by taking a more active role. Previously, Russia was the main player, which along with the UK, US and France, is a guarantor of the 1994 ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan 

    The Armenian genocide refers to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. 

    Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One.

    However, it contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide. 

    The fresh clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out on September 27, re-igniting a decades-old conflict between the ex-Soviet neighbours over Karabakh and drawing in powerful regional players Russia and Turkey.

    Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since a full-scale separatist conflict ended in 1994.

    Some 30,000 people were killed and one million more displaced. 

    Since the September flare up, neither side has shown any sign of backing down.

    Both sides seem to be ignoring international calls for a ceasefire and a return to long-stalled negotiations on the region.

    Pashinyan also accused Turkey of ‘encouraging and inciting’ the conflict in a recent interview with Sky News

    Prior to this most recent flare up, Russia was the main international force involved in the conflict but Turkey – which actively supports Azerbaijan and has a long history of bad blood with Armenia – has taken a greater interest.

    A man walks among debris from damaged buildings from recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan

    A man walks among debris from damaged buildings from recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan

    Shelling from the most recent flare-up has damaged buildings and killed civilians in the region. As of Sunday, the two sides reported 244 deaths, including 42 civilians, though the real number of deaths is thought to be higher

    Shelling from the most recent flare-up has damaged buildings and killed civilians in the region. As of Sunday, the two sides reported 244 deaths, including 42 civilians, though the real number of deaths is thought to be higher

    Pashinyan’s claims of ‘international terrorism’ relate to reports that Turkey has transported mercenaries from Syria to support Azerbaijan in the conflict.

    Turkey denies the reports.

    The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when long-simmering tensions between Christian Armenians and mostly muslim Azerbaijani’s boiled over as the republics became independent nations.   

    A 1994 cease-fire left Armenian and Azerbaijani forces facing each other across a demilitarised zone, where clashes were frequently reported. 

    International mediation efforts have brought little visible progress since then.

    The conflict has been an economic blow to the Caucasus region because it has hampered trade and prompted Turkey to close its border with Armenia.

    An Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece during fighting with Azerbaijan's forces in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh

    An Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece during fighting with Azerbaijan’s forces in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh

    Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since a full-scale separatist conflict ended in 1994. Each side blames the other for the inability to resolve the conflict in the region, which is within Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians

    Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since a full-scale separatist conflict ended in 1994. Each side blames the other for the inability to resolve the conflict in the region, which is within Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians

    Fighting periodically breaks out around Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders. 

    The clashes are often deadly, notably in 2016 and this July. 

    Since the new fighting erupted last month, dozens have been killed and wounded in apparent shelling by both sides. 

    Each country blames the other for the failure to resolve the conflict.

    In addition to causing local casualties and damage, the conflict in the small, hard-to-reach region is also of concern to major regional players.

    Russia is Armenia´s main economic partner and has a military base there, while Turkey has offered support to the Azerbaijanis, fellow Muslims and ethnic brethren to Turks.

    Iran neighbours both Armenia and Azerbaijan and is calling for calm.

    Meanwhile, the United States, France and Russia are intended be guarantors of the long-stalled peace process, under the auspices of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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