By: ALFRED MORGAN
Starting on September 27th, Armenia and Azerbaijan had a huge upburst in conflict over a piece of territory. The territory is named Nagorno-Karabakh which is in Azerbaijan territory but has been under the control of Armenia. The separatist war is decades-long and started in 1994 but recently the massive outburst has caused hundreds of lives to be lost. However recently the two feuding countries have agreed to a long-awaited ceasefire.
Many larger and more developed countries have been working to put an end to this conflict. According to CBS News, “Russia has co-sponsored peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh together with the United States and France as co-chairs of the so-called Minsk Group, which is working under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.” Although all of these countries have been working together hard to try and bring an end to the 30-year long conflict, there was much disagreement.
CBS News states, “hours before the cease-fire deal was reached, the Azerbaijani president insisted on his country’s right to reclaim its territory by force after nearly three decades of international talks that ‘haven’t yielded an inch of progress.”’ The strong position of the President was held for multiple reasons, but the main reason was Turkey’s involvement in the conflict.
Turkey got involved with the conflict some time ago and denied the rumors that they were assisting Azerbaijan until they were caught in the act. “Turkey has denied deploying combatants to the region, but a Syrian war monitor and three Syria-based opposition activists have confirmed that Turkey has sent hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.” CBS News reported. This act worried Russia as they have a security treaty with Armenia which basically means that Russia must support its ally if it comes under aggression.
The truce has been long awaited for but is walking on eggshells. While Turkey has wished for a co-seat in the peace group mentioned previously known as the Minsk group, the agreement is still on thin ice and may fall apart as other agreements have in the past.