Azerbaijan rejects peace forces in battle with Armenia October 16 at 10:28 a.m.
Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev, who continues to fight with former Soviet Armenia over the disputed province of Navarnokarabakh, has expressed his refusal to allow peace-keeping forces from third countries and international organizations to enter, and there have been concerns that the ceasefire agreement between the two countries has become a ruin.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed once to truce fighting over the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh from the 10th of this month, but the fighting has not subsided since then, bringing the total death toll on both sides to more than 680.
Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev said today that “there is still fierce fighting going on and it is too early to discuss the peace forces” and indicated his refusal to allow peace forces from third countries or international organizations to enter the conflict zone.
A spokesman for Russian President Peskov, who brokered the ceasefire, also expressed cautiousness about Russia’s further intervention, noting that “peace forces and ceasefire observers are limited to the consent of both countries.”
Azerbaijan remains in a position to continue military operations unless Armenia withdraws from the autonomous region, and there are concerns that the ceasefire agreement between the two countries has become a ruin.