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According to Aljazeera, Armenia’s defence ministry reported Yerevan had “lost control of two military positions” and said that 12 Armenian servicemen were captured by the Azerbaijani military. (Image: Aljazeera.com)

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Al Jazeera recently reported that another cease-fire agreement was signed, after another flare-up occurred between Azerbaijan and Armenia. 

Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister stated: “Armenia’s Armed Forces committed a large-scale provocation at the state border at 11:00am.  Armenian troops attacked Armenian positions in Kelbajar and Lachin.  Azerbaijan’s troops stopped the enemy’s advance, surrounded and detained Armenian servicemen.”

According to Radio Free Europe, three Azerbaijani soldiers were reportedly wounded at a Karabakh checkpoint, after Armenian forces fired with rifles and grenade launchers at Azerbaijani military posts in the afternoon of November 13 in the Kelbajar district that borders Armenia. This comes after another Armenian threw an explosive device at an Azerbaijani checkpoint. The Lachin corridor, a Russian controlled road that links Armenia with the Armenian controlled areas of Karabakh, was temporarily closed to traffic after the incident.  

Aleksandr Perenchiyev, a professor and expert at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, told Azerbaijan 24: “The provocations on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border are aimed at destabilizing the region. Armenia is trying to put Russian peacekeepers face to face with the Azerbaijani military. This provocation is clearly directed against the Russian peacekeepers.”

According to him, Armenia regularly commits provocations: “I think this issue should be thoroughly investigated. Measures must be taken to prevent provocations.” The Russian expert said that the Kremlin should also react to the current situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border and take preventive measures to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Yakof Abramov, the leader of the Azerbaijani Jewish community in the United States, added in an exclusive interview: “The Armenians did the provocation because they don’t want a peace agreement.   They want to extend the time for signing an agreement. This was an initiative of the opposition, which does not want the final status agreement. There is no other reason for this provocation.”    

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Azerbaijani activist Arzu Mamedova concurred in an exclusive interview: “A new minister of defense was appointed in Armenia.  No one would expect someone new would do such a provocation. It is important to understand that this happens to Azerbaijanis. They used mortars and artillery pieces in the Lachin region. This is where the corridor connects to Armenia and where it connects to Karabakh. This undermines the peace agreement and the demarcation of borders.”

According to Mamedova, it is of upmost importance that the Russian mediated peace deal in the Karabakh region remain intact: “It will bring a long-term peace and stability to our region.  We are pushing for this since day one.”

She claimed that the tensions felt along the border could also be felt in the Diaspora: “I can tell you that as soon as this happened on the borders, I felt all of this pressure on me, as I was attacked by the trolls on social as a diaspora member.  Hashtags on Armenians being peaceful were strong on social media.  They attacked first, yet they complained.  My people were in same position as me.”

“We call for de-escalation and for peace,” she proclaimed.  “Armenians especially the radicalized diaspora members must understand that the Karabakh region is the story of yesterday and we must face the challenges of tomorrow.  We must respect the territorial integrity of these countries.”  

For this reason, Mamedova called upon Armenians to respect the recent peace agreement that was mediated by Russia.     

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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