New military conflict reminds us of opposition in Nagorny Karabakh
Alexander Lukashenko expresses concern over Karabakh conflict
On April 2nd, the President of Belarus had a telephone conversation with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and then with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan. The Belarusian Head of State called for dialogue and expressed regret over the fact that these clashes claim the lives of the military and civilian people.
Sharp escalation of the situation in Nagorny Karabakh sees Azerbaijan and Armenia blaming each other in using heavy weaponry. Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry has declared its destruction of significant manpower and military equipment within the zone of conflict. In turn, Armenia’s Prime Minister has stated that Armenian powers are completely in control of the situation, after repulsing the opponent and causing significant damage.
Between 1991 and 1994, military conflict took place in Nagorny Karabakh, between Armenians and Azerbaijani, resulting in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It remains a disputed territory, with Azerbaijan stating that the area is occupied by Armenia.