USA decided to deploy peacekeepers from Scandinavian countries in Karabakh
The United States decided to study the issue of deploying peacekeeping forces from the Scandinavian countries in Nagorno-Karabakh. This was stated by Assistant to the President for National Security Robert O'Brien, TASS reports on Saturday, October 31.
“Any kind of mediation or peacekeeping by Turkey is an unsuccessful initiative for the United States and also for Armenia. We believe that both countries should agree to [deploy] Scandinavian peacekeepers, ”O'Brien said.
In his opinion, it is difficult to imagine a real ceasefire in the region without the participation of international peacekeepers or observers.
“Any kind of armed peacekeeping forces should not include the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, including the United States and neighboring countries,” the US presidential aide said.
Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, answering a question from journalists about whether the country expects help from Turkey, said that Baku opposes the intervention of third countries in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, according to him, Yerevan “wants their participation in the battles.” At the same time, Aliyev expressed confidence that this will not happen. He noted that “the countries around us are our partners and friends.”
The situation in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) escalated sharply on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan made a decision on a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons from October 18 00:00 local time. At the same time, the sides accused each other of shelling positions on the line of demarcation and non-observance of the ceasefire.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, the majority of whose population were Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan. Baku tried to return the region by force, after which the war began. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized NKR signed a truce.