The head of French diplomacy will be traveling to Yerevan on Tuesday October 3. From the capital of Armenia, Catherine Colonna will reaffirm France’s support for this country, which has fears for its sovereignty and territorial integrity after Azerbaijan’s victorious offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh. The international community must do everything to prevent Armenia from “finds herself, despite herself, involved” in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, she emphasized earlier. Follow our live stream.
Washington calls for an observation mission. The United States reiterated on Monday its call for an international observation mission in Nagorno-Karabakh, in order to guarantee the right of return of tens of thousands of Armenians who fled the former separatist region. The objective is to “reassure the population and guarantee the right and security of all those who wish to return”, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters. However, he added, “Azerbaijan has given guarantees in this sense. We believe that there should be an international monitoring mission on site to observe and guarantee them.”
Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. An Armenian soldier was killed on Monday and two others injured, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry. “after Azerbaijani armed forces fired on a vehicle belonging to the Armenian armed forces carrying equipment for soldiers”. For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that a joint Russian and Azerbaijani patrol had come under fire, attesting to the volatility of the situation on site.
A UN observation mission. The UN team that visited Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, for the first time in around 30 years, saw no destruction or collected any testimony of violence against civilians since the ceasefire, said a spokesperson reported Monday. The aim of the one-day mission, including representatives from several UN agencies and services, was to assess the humanitarian needs on the ground.