Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Shelling hits Ar­me­nian cathe­dral in Karabakh

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S HUSH AA F P ,8 OCT, 2020 - Ar­me­nia ac­cused Azer­bai­jan on Thurs­day of shelling a his­toric cathe­dral in Nagorno-karabakh ahead of the first meet­ing of in­ter­na­tional me­di­a­tors seek­ing to halt es­ca­lat­ing fight­ing over the dis­puted re­gion.

Ex­pec­ta­tions for any ma­jor break­through from the talks in Geneva were low and no state­ments were ex­pected from the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­ing held be­hind closed doors and with­out Ar­me­nian par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia have for two weeks been locked in bit­ter fight­ing over Nagorno-karabakh, an Azer­bai­jani re­gion con­trolled by Ar­me­ni­ans who de­clared an un­recog­nised break­away state and emerged vic­to­ri­ous from a war in the wake of the fall of the USSR.

The cur­rent fight­ing, which has left hun­dreds dead in­clud­ing civil­ians, is the worst since a 1994 cease­fire with both sides dou­bling down on en­trenched po­si­tions over who should con­trol the re­gion.

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