Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict continues

By Jenna Baker

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated earlier this month. Beginning in the 1980s, the two nations have been fighting over territory which both believed they have claim to.

As of September 13, there have been at least 100 soldiers killed in the hostilities. Armenia also said that several towns near the border had been shelled by Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s ministry also claimed to have been responding to provocation by Armenia, which it claimed planted mines and fired on Azerbaijan soldiers, according to the Guardian.

There was an armed conflict in 2020 over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh as well as the surrounding territories. This portion of the war resulted in thousands of casualties.

The initial war lasted over 6 years. However, since 2020, the two countries have suspended their disagreements and agreed on an official ceasefire. However, recent events have led many to question whether or not that official peace will hold.

Armenia’s prime minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev earlier this month, but negotiations have not led to peaceful outcomes. 

While sending out different forms of missiles and weapons, 23 localities along the Armenian border in the Syunik, Gegharkunik, and Vayots Dzor provinces were impacted. 

In 2020, Azerbaijan had Turkey as an ally. This year, Israel and the United States as well have added their support. Armenia is independent, on the other hand. There are many global concerns as other countries are involved. 

As Armenia has explained they want to come to terms and peace, Azerbaijan has responded by saying that Armenia should have never started this.