U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a visit to Greece, called for a ceasefire on all sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Reuters reported Tuesday, September 29.
“Both sides need to stop the violence and work with the Minsk Group co-chairs and return to substantive negotiations as soon as possible,” Pompeo quoted the agency as saying.
Earlier Tuesday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Khaliyev said that 10 Azerbaijani civilians have died since the start of clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Another aggravation of the conflict in Karabakh occurred on September 27. Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated that Armenian military fired at settlements on the line of contact.
Yerevan in its turn accused Baku of air and missile attacks in the region. The authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic declared martial law and general mobilization. The Armenian government also took similar steps. The president of Azerbaijan declared partial mobilization.
Baku reported several dozens of wounded and dead civilians. At the same time, 84 military men have been killed in Karabakh since the beginning of the conflict aggravation.
According to Armenia, Turkish military specialists and technicians are involved in the conflict on Azerbaijan’s side. In Ankara, they noted that they do not see any reason to send their military personnel to Karabakh. However, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already expressed support to his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev. He also stated that the time has come “to put an end to Armenia’s occupation of Azerbaijani lands”.