Aggressive clashes and skirmishes have broken out between the Christian Majority Armenia, and the Muslim majority Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan-Armenia war stems from a dispute which took place more than two decades ago during the soviet legacy. Both countries are clashing over Nagorno-Karabakh. Pakistan and Turkey have made their stance clear on the matter. Turkey and Pakistan have vowed to support Azerbaijan in case of a war between the two states.
Azerbaijan and Armenia war
The border skirmishes began on early Sunday. The clashes resulted from Armenian forces allegedly targeted Azerbaijani civilian settlements and military positions in the Upper Karabakh region. A major clash between Azerbaijan and Armenia threatened to involve Russia and Turkey and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on global powers to stop Turkey from getting involved in the conflict. “We are on the brink of a full-scale war in the South Caucasus,” Pashinyan warned
The international world has keenly been involved in this conflict. Iran has urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to end the conflict by initiating peace talks. Iran further made it clear that it is willing to utilize all its resources to establish peace between two counties. Foreign Ministry spokesman of Iran, Saeed Khatibzadeh told the press that Tehran is keeping a close eye on the conflict.
Donald Trump told the press on Sunday that the US is looking into possible avenues of peace that can end the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Trump told reporters at a White House press conference that the US has “a lot of good relationships in that area. We will see if we can stop it.”
Turkey and Pakistan allege undying support for Azerbaijan
Pakistan supported Azerbaijan following Armenia’s gross violations on the border and subsequent attacks in Upper Karabakh. The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan issued the following statement, “Pakistan stands with the brotherly nation of Azerbaijan and supports its right of self-defense. We support Azerbaijan’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh, which is in line with several unanimously adopted UN Security Council resolutions. ”
Kazakhstan urged Yerevan and Baku to resolve the conflict. The county’s Foreign Ministry conveyed their desire for peace between the two states. Expressing its deep concern, the ministry said Nur-Sultan urges the two countries to take all measures to stabilize the situation and start a dialogue. Kazakhstan’s international organizations are also keen on seeking peaceful ways to end the conflict. In this day and age, a conflict between two states is not limited to only the states in conflict but the entire world.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted the following statement, “The Turkish people will support our Azerbaijani brothers with all our means as always.” Turkey has blamed Yerevan for the clash and has assured Baku that Turkey will lend Azerbaijan its full support. Turkey’s and Pakistan’s support for Azerbaijan also stems from the fact that all these states have Muslim majorities.