By | Rachel Brooks
September 29, 2020
Image courtesy of local news in Azerbaijan. The blood flows once more on the shared border of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Armenia has launched a new series of provocations along the entirety of the Nagorno-Karabakh. The international community looks critically at Armenia’s actions due to the fact that Armenia has occupied the shared border region without legal grounds. Azerbaijani retaliation has likewise been condemned by international lobbies for Armenia as well as Armenia itself. This condemnation in the theater of informational warfare leads to ever greater provocations on a warfront that is diluted in the blood of the father’s conflicts.
Azerbaijani news agency Azertaj reported on September 27 that, on September 27, at approximately 6 am, the Armenian armed forces launched “large-scale provocations” that employed large-caliber weapons, along the entire length of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. These attacks were along the line of the human settlements in the region.
Starting from September 27, the center of Azerbaijan’s Tartar district, including densely populated villages have been under heavy artillery fire by the Armenian armed forces beginning from around 7 am morning. The city police station, a courthouse and civilian facilities of Tartar district are chosen as targets. This once again shows the ugly face of Armenian fascism. As a result of Armenian shelling the whole family of five was killed in Naftalan, including a 13-year-old boy Shahriyar Gurbanov and 14-year-old girl Fidan Gurbanova. Also, Starting from 07:30 on September 29, the territory of the Dashkesan district of Azerbaijan has been subjected to artillery fire from the territory of the Vardenis district of Armenia.
Armenia retaliated in public relations with reports that Azerbaijan had sent an airstrike into their territory prompting the attacks. This has further dramatized the international public response to these events.
NBC news stated that Armenia had declared a “martial law” in the illegally occupied territories of Azerbaijan and had mobilized its able-bodied male population to the front. Fatalities on the Azerbaijani side included two young teenagers. Both sides reported fatalities, as the Armenian offensive was met with a rapid Azerbaijani response.
In the hours to follow the immediate assault of the Armenian army, Azerbaijan announced military mobilization to the front. Azerbaijan likewise declared martial law in the region. Azerbaijani President Aliyev signed the documents on Monday to confirm the official order. With both nations declaring martial law in the region, there is a heavy militarized presence in the region that significantly implies a conflict shift into active. This was reported by Daily Sabah on September 27.
Provocation has its roots in the confusion of propaganda machines. Armenia has a loud voice in the international community. Yet, Armenian and Azerbaijani diaspora members both face the challenges of the conflict and displacement from the domestic theater thereof. Because the conflict has created a two-edged sword of human displacement, international emotions have become inflamed. This has drawn the public to listen to the voices of media personas above those close to the conflict’s real-time event log.
An example of this is the appeal made by Armenian-American Kim Kardashian-West to end the conflict in “a diplomatic way.” This was reported by Newsweek. Kardashian-West implied, in her statements, that Artsakh had been attacked directly, without including the facts regarding the provocations or that Artsakh is a settlement financed by the Armenian government. Kardashian-West has an influential presence in American media as both a reality TV star and the spouse of billionaire Kanye West, who also has intentions to run for the U.S. presidency in a future election. Kardashian-West’s position then has the potential to be politically motivated in the interests of Armenia’s Western lobby. The powerful influence of American celebrity status, therefore, has a tendency to provoke the international community into lobbying against Azerbaijan. Should this trend be echoed, it will complicate the mediation position of the U.S., in terms of the U.S. own strained domestic politics.
In the immediate wake of the attack, foreign powers have taken a position to mediate the conflict. Anadolu Agency reported that French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron was swift to speak with Azerbaijani President Aliyev in a conference call. Aliyev proceeded to enunciate the fact that Armenia had provoked the September 27 incidents. The French Prime Minister, representing his country which is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, urged Azerbaijan to resolve the escalations through diplomatic talks. The OSCE Minsk Group was joined by NATO and foreign nations representing themselves independently, including Russia and the United States, in urging rapid escalation of the conflict. Turkey spoke out against the Armenian offensive in the region, calling it a “crime”.
The tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia likewise have the potential to increase tensions in the South Caucasus for the international community. An increased hostility at the domestic dispute front between Azerbaijan and Armenia has the potential to increase the status of foreign military maneuvers in the South Caucasus.
Russia and Azerbaijan continued these talks within the past week, even before escalations bubbled to a boil. Caspian News reported on September 25 that Russia and Azerbaijan had discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, up to the point it had developed prior to the most recent provocations. The speaker of Azerbaijani parliament, Sahiba Gafarova, visited Russia to represent his country’s interests in the settlement talks. Gafarova urged Russia to understand the duress provocations have placed on Azerbaijani development and stabilization. It is this embargo of forward-seeking plans that continues to perpetuate the humanitarian crisis in this region.