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What is the cause of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia?

conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Over the past few weeks, fighting has occurred between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The conflict has caused a number of casualties, both military and civilian. Read on to learn more.

What is the cause of the conflict?

The conflict began as over the dispute for the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Local ethnic forces of Armenia had been in control of the region when fighting broke out on September 27th.

A spokesperson for the Armenian Defense Ministry stated that they shot down three planes on Saturday, though this was later refuted by the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry. The Azerbaijan Defense Ministry also asserted that Armenian military had fired shells into civilian territories.

History of the region

Nagorno-Karabakh was a designated an autonomous region during the Soviet era. The region claimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991, less than 6 months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. A subsequent war was started in 1992, and resulted in the deaths of around 30,000 people.

The war ended in 1994, and Armenian forces had occupied the region, as well as a number of territories surrounding Negorno-Karabakh. A number of resolutions from the United Nations Security Council called for Armenia to withdrawal forces from the territories, all of which were ignored.

The current president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has said that the conflict will continue until Armenia completely withdraws armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas.

Armenia has claimed that Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan with the Turkish military. AP News reported that Turkey has “vowed to support longtime ally Azerbaijan ‘on the battlefield or the negotiating table,’ if needed.” However, Turkey has denied claims that they are sending Syrian fighters and F-16 combat jets to the region. **Note, WAA is not confirming nor denying this claim**


Sources:
https://apnews.com/article/azerbaijan-archive-united-nations-armenia-e5f0fcf3d1dbde6ebd41db7cb32932e7
https://apnews.com/article/turkey-territorial-disputes-azerbaijan-ankara-armenia-9a95d9690569623adedffe8c16f3588d

Anthony Rebello (he/him/his)

By Anthony Rebello (he/him/his)

Anthony Rebello is 16 years old and a rising junior at a number of online high schools. He lives in North Carolina and enjoys climbing in his free time. Anthony is passionate about helping those less fortunate than himself and started W.A.A. as a way to raise awareness for communities and people around the world. He wants to go to medical school and work as an Emergency Physician overseas in impoverished communities.

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