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In Search Of Peace

The Armenian flag is held by Armenians during anti-war demonstrations by the Armenian and Azeri communities, outside the BBC at Portland place, London, UK. At least 16 people have been killed in Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes since 12 Jul 2020. The latest incident began when Armenian and Azerbaijani troops exchanged fire in the northern section of their border. Officials in both countries blamed each other for starting the fighting and said sporadic shelling had continued. Azerbaijani armed forces have made numerous attempts to breach the internationally recognised borders of the Republic of Armenia, violating Armenia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, even targeting factories manufacturing face masks and other PPE equipment to combat the major COVID-19 crisis currently gripping the country. The two neighbours have been locked in conflict over the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), historically a region of Armenia, given to Azerbaijan by Stalin during the Soviet Union’s occupation in the region. It has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the war there ended in a ceasefire in 1994. Armenians world wide are deeply concerned, as on July 16, Azerbaijan threatened to strike Armenia’s nuclear power plant, which is close to the country’s capital and provides almost half of Armenia’s electricity. Armenia’s Foreign Ministry called this threat “genocidal” and showing an "absolute absence of responsibility.". Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement that Yerevan "should keep in mind that our armed forces have advanced missile systems in service, capable of conducting high-precision strikes on the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant, which may result in a huge disaster for Armenia," the news agency TASS reported. July 28, 2020. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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Taken on July 28, 2020