Update for October 19

Azerbaijan keeps number of its military casualties secret, but according to the estimates of the Armenian side, it’s above 6000, which includes both regular army servicemen and terrorists sent by Turkey to the conflict zone.

  • 9 Azerbaijani UAVs were destroyed by the Armenian side on October 18, 2 of which were in the territory of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Defense’s Artsrun Hovhannisyan said at a press conference.
  • Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan presented the situation in Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone following the October 17 agreement on humanitarian ceasefire to French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Minister Mnatsakanyan highly appreciated the personal contribution of French President to the achievement of the agreement on the humanitarian ceasefire and recorded that the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan once again refused to fulfill it and continues the large-scale aggression against Artsakh.

FM Mnatsakanyan reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to the reinforcement of the ceasefire regime and the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

  • The European Union on Sunday deplored continuing hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and urged the conflicting parties to respect a fresh ceasefire agreement without any preconditions.

“I have just called the ministers of foreign affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan to impress upon them that the ceasefire should be unconditional and strictly respected by the two sides,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign and security policy chief, said in a statement.

“I have also underlined that attacks on civilians should stop immediately,” he said. “They cannot be justified. I have reiterated that the EU remains ready to support the parties and the OSCE in a long-term solution to the conflict.” For his full statement, see this earlier Mirror posting.

Borrell’s appeal came as deadly fighting continued in the conflict zone despite the supposed entry into force on Saturday night of another Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire agreement. The warring sides blamed each other for the truce violations.

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