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The Nagorno-Karabakh Battle: A Warning Towards Battle?

On nineteenth September 2023, Azerbaijani forces launched an operation within the Nagorno-Karabakh area claiming to conduct an anti-terror operation and demanding the exit of the ethnic Armenians from the area.

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Nagorno-Karabakh’s Historic Background

Within the pre-Soviet Period, the area acted as a gathering level for the Ottoman, Russian and Persian Empires given its strategic location. On the inclusion of the area into the Soviet Republic, it was made part of Azerbaijan although the bulk inhabitants of the area was of Armenian ethnicity.

In 1998, the Nagorno-Karabakh Oblast’s Council handed a decision demanding to be built-in with Armenia. This grew to become the set off level for already present tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

The autumn of the Soviet Union in Nineties led to a declaration of all international locations within the area declaring independence and autonomy together with the Nagorno-Karabakh area. This led to the First Nagorno-Battle in 1991 between Armenia and Azerbaijan the place hundreds have been killed. 

In 1993, Armenia gained majority management of the area which included 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory and in 1994 the Bishkek Protocol was brokered by Russia between the 2 international locations calling for a ceasefire by each nations. A de-facto impartial authorities was established within the area with Stepanakert which was closely reliant on Armenia for political, financial and army help

Whereas the area noticed perpetual, even of small scale assaults, in 2020, resulting from steady exercise by drones, shelling and particular operations, the Second Nagorno-Karabakh battle broke on grounds of violation of the beforehand signed ceasefire settlement.

The Battle which began in September 2020 was put to a cease by a Russian-brokered deal in November. This time, most territory was acceded to Azerbaijan with the Lachin hall that connects Armenia to the conflicted area being guarded by Russian Peacekeeping Forces. Many ethnic Armenians of the area have been translocated.

The present operation launched by Azerbaijan has been known as out to be an act of “ethnic cleaning” by Armenia.

The Underlying Motive Behind the Battle

The tussle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the area has a multifaceted rationale. 

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For the Armenians, the mountainous terrain of the Nagorno-Karabakh area which it believes is an extension of the Armenian plateau acts as a pure frontier in opposition to its neighbours. Moreover, the bulk inhabitants of the area are of Armenian ethnicity and comply with Christianity.

For Azerbaijan, then again, the territory is regionally situated inside its borders. Additional, it considers the steppes in its nation to be an extension of the conflicted terrain. Moreover, the minority Muslims who reside within the area are additionally of concern. 

For Azerbaijan, the area can be economically essential as its oil and gasoline pipelines that are unfold throughout the Caucasus area and connecting to Turkey and Europe additionally cross via the Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The battle thus is a battle between the correct to territorial integrity and the correct to self-determination amongst others.

 Moreover, any hurt to the power provide traces within the area would trigger extreme injury to Europe and surrounding areas which stays closely depending on Azerbaijan for its oil and gasoline wants.

In such a case, the Madrid Ideas proposed by the Minsk Group of the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe in 2007 with modifications might present a balanced resolution for the conflicted area.