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Azerbaijan’s President Demands Apology from Armenia’s Leader as Condition For Ceasefire

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has set forth a series of preconditions for a ceasefire between his country and Armenia, including an apology from Armenia’s prime minister to the people of

Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has set forth a series of preconditions for a ceasefire between his country and Armenia, including an apology from Armenia’s prime minister to the people of Azerbaijanis.

Aliyev said his country’s main purpose in Nagorno-Karabakh was to establish his country’s “territorial integrity”.

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of firing missiles into the capital of the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday, while Azerbaijan said several of its towns and its second-largest city were attacked.

Iran, which borders both countries, said it was working on a peace plan for the decades-old conflict, which reignited last month and has killed scores of people on both sides.

The region of Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces, backed by Armenia, since the end of a separatist war in 1994.

Turkey has firmly put its weight behind oil-rich Azerbaijan as a decades-old territorial dispute flared anew into an armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region situated within Azerbaijan controlled by Armenia-backed ethnic separatists.

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