IMF board agrees to disburse final $2 billion tranche of Egypt standby loan    Egypt sees 9.18 % decrease in manufacturing, extractive index in April 2021: CAPMAS    Egypt's FA to request rescheduling of CAF Champions League final    UPDATED: Flying to Egypt? Here are the newest guidelines you need to know before taking off    Egypt expects to sign Ever Given settlement next week – official    Tennis: Australia's Purcell upsets top-seeded Monfils in Eastbourne    Expert: Transgender Olympic athlete could polarize opinion    MEP questions Washington's logic of hyping up China threat for military expansion    Russia in showdown with UN and West over aid to Syria    'Scary' Sydney virus cluster blamed on delta variant grows    Merkel: Europe 'on thin ice' amid delta virus variant rise    Egypt's delay in including Mo Salah, Mostafa Mohamed at Tokyo Olympics raises concern    Net profits of banks in Egypt reach EGP 29.99bn in Q1 2021: CBE    Euro 2020 brings back long-forgotten memories of glory for qualifying teams    Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez gets engaged to British model Taylor Ward    In Video: Egypt recovers 114 ancient artefacts smuggled into France    Egypt's Health Minister reviews precautionary measures during Cairo Book Fair    Sudan calls on UN Security Council to intervene in GERD dispute    Egypt's Environment Minister launches 3rd phase of project monitoring Fayoum natural resources    Egypt's FM discusses bilateral relations with German counterpart    IMF approves final tranche of Egypt's SBA loan programme    Egypt's Senate commences fulfilling its obligations under clear jurisdictions: Ahmed Diab    Ottawa University holds lecture on determinants of Egypt's national security    Egypt extends 'Kings of the Sun' exhibition in Prague until 30 September    Egypt's CBE extends its preventive measures against pandemic's negative impacts through end of 2021    Berlin's conference on Libya sees hope on elections, foreign forces    0.6% of Africa's adults have been vaccinated so far: IMF's Georgieva    JICA Senior Vice President visits Egypt-Japan School in Borg El Arab 1    Biden faces growing pressure from the left over voting bill    Don't miss Romeo and Juliet ballet shows at the Cairo Opera House    Arab history at the Institute    The second filling    Egypt opens its first anaerobic gasification unit    Egypt keen on negotiation leading to binding deal on GERD, irrigation minister tells S.Sudan's officials    Berlin II Conference calls for immediate withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya    HSBC earmarks funding to a coastal ecosystem restoration project in Egypt    Egypt puts final touches to Dubai Expo 2020 participation    Egypt accuses Ethiopia of using GERD crisis for political purposes    Egypt's Water Resources Minister in South Sudan for cooperation talks    Rotterdam Film Festival closes extended, hybrid 50th edition    APO Group enters new exclusive agreement with Getty Images on African press releases and images    Egypt is on short list of partner countries for U.S. COVID-19 vaccines: embassy    Russia to resume charter flights to Egypt resorts in the coming days    Egypt's Sisi announces allocation of $500 million for reconstruction in war-wrecked Gaza    On International Museum Day, Egypt opens two new museums at Cairo Airport    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    Veteran Egyptian journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed passes away at 86    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Washington to host talks on Nagorno-Karabakh, warring sides say
Published in Ahram Online on 20 - 10 - 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan said on Tuesday their foreign ministers would meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday in efforts to end the heaviest fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1990s.
The State Department did not immediately comment. But the planned meetings suggest that, just before the U.S. presidential election, Washington is stepping up involvement in moves to calm a conflict that has killed hundreds of people since Sept. 27.
Russia has until now driven mediation efforts over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway enclave within Azerbaijan that is controlled by ethnic Armenians, but two ceasefires brokered by Moscow this month have not stopped the fighting.
The two ex-Soviet republics said there was intense fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, with the enclave reporting 43 more of its defence personnel had been killed.
The violence has raised fears that regional powers Turkey and Russia could be sucked into a wider conflict, and concern about the security of pipelines in Azerbaijan that carry natural gas and oil to world markets.
It was not immediately clear whether the warring sides' foreign ministers would meet Pompeo separately or at the same time.
Azerbaijan said its foreign minister, Jeyhun Bayramov, would also meet envoys of the OSCE security and rights watchdog's so-called Minsk Group, whose co-chairs Russia, France and the United States have for years led mediation in the conflict.
Armenia released few details about Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan's plans in Washington.
Turkey is also part of the Minsk Group but has not been involved in mediation, and its relations with its NATO allies have been further strained by the fighting.
Ankara has denied accusations that it sent mercenaries from the conflicts in Syria and Libya to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh. It has stepped up arms sales to Azerbaijan this year but denies any direct involvement in the fighting.
MORE FIGHTING, ANGRY RHETORIC
In an interview, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian accused Turkey of destabilising the South Caucasus with its strong backing for Azerbaijan.
But he told France-24 television that he did not advocate military intervention by Russia, which has a defence pact with Armenia, or other countries that could lead to "another Syria."
In comments to Azerbaijan's parliament, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop portrayed Armenia as the aggressor and criticised mediation by Paris, Moscow and Washington.
"If they are sincere on their path to peace, those who have held Armenia's leash and supported it for years need to end this dangerous game now and stop supporting Armenia. Azerbaijan does not have another 30 years to wait," Sentop said.
The Minsk Group, he said, "is brain dead".
Turkey and Azerbaijan want an end to what they call Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh, and Azerbaijan wants Turkey involved in peacemaking. Armenia rules this out and accuses Azerbaijan of making a land grab.
In a speech to the nation, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Baku was willing to end fighting as soon as possible to complete the restoration of what it sees as its territorial integrity.
Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh reported new artillery battles on Tuesday and said fighting was intense in southern areas of the conflict zone.
Azerbaijan's defence ministry also reported fighting in several areas, including disputed territory close to the line of contact dividing the sides. It said Armenian forces were shelling the Azeri regions of Terter and Aghdam.
Nagorno-Karabakh says 772 of its military and 37 civilians have been killed in the fighting since Sept. 27.
Azerbaijan says 61 Azeri civilians have been killed and 291 wounded, but has not disclosed its military casualties in the worst bloodshed since a 1991-94 war that killed about 30,000.


Clic here to read the story from its source.