Armenia says Karabakh forces have left the city because the US-backed ceasefire appears to be failing.

       Armenia says Karabakh forces have left the city because the US-backed ceasefire appears to be failing.

Armenia has overnight acknowledged that the Nagorno-Karabakh forces have withdrawn from a strategic town between the enclave and the Iranian border, apparently, a new military advantage for Azerbaijan as a month of ceasefire for a US soldier ends. I failed.


Azerbaijan, Turkey's ally, has since been trying to seize Nagorno-Karabakh, a fragmented region dominated by populations and ethnic Armenians. Hundreds of people have been killed’ in the region's worst fighting in decades and Turkey and Russia face a regional conflict from the region.


Arthur Hansen, an Armenian Defense Ministry official, told a news conference late Monday that the ethnic Armenian army had abandoned the Gubadli settlement south of the enclave "to avoid unnecessary damage", but that the situation was not "critical". Is.


Azerbaijan's military advantages could make diplomatic solutions more difficult. He and Turkey reject any proposed solution that would allow the Armenians to remain in control of the enclave. Armenia says it will not back down from an area seen as part of its historic homeland where its population needs protection.


The two countries agreed to a ceasefire on Sunday when their foreign ministers met separately with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. But the war seems to have had little effect. The last two ceasefires have been’ largely ignored by Russia.


On the morning of Nagorno-Karabakh, local battles were taking place along several parts of the front line. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said the war would focus on three front areas.


"The situation in the disputed area remained relatively stable and tense overnight. Artillery fighting continued in some areas," the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry said.


It said in a statement that the shells had landed in the towns of Martuni and Martakert, as well as in villages in the northern part of the Askeran region.


Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had fired on its military positions and settlements near the front line and that fighting was continuing mainly in the Khojavend, Fizuli, and Gubadli areas.


The OSCE Minsk Group, formed to mediate the dispute and is headed’ by France, Russia, and the United States, will meet with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in Geneva on January 29. Turkey has called for a bigger role in the mediation body.


Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said late Monday that "negotiations to include the Minsk Group for the sake of results" require negotiations based on goals in accordance with US Security Council resolutions and international law.


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