On Sunday, US President Donald Trump and the US State Department announced, the US had brokered a ceasefire between the leaders of Armenia of Azerbaijan.
In fact, the US President even wrote optimistically that “many lives will be saved.”
However, on Monday, on the day the humanitarian ceasefire was supposed to take effect, both military forces also started fighting in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Again.
What is a Humanitarian Ceasefire?
A humanitarian ceasefire aims to let in the provision of “health and humanitarian assistance” to affected people in armed conflict.
Provisions, according to the World Health Organization, include immunization campaigns and food supplies.
The last documented humanitarian ceasefire we had, aside from the now-defunct agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia, happened in 2001.
In 2001, Afghanistan entered into a humanitarian ceasefire allowing WHO and UNICEF’s immunization campaign in the region.
Pointing Fingers, Again
According to a Reuters report, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev announced on national television that he wanted to settle the conflict through “political and military means.
Azerbaijan aired the announcement after Azerbaijan and Armenia started pointing fingers again on who broke the recent ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said on Facebook live on Monday that he did not trust the Azeri government wants a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
According to him, Armenia wants to have a peaceful compromise and is ready for it.
However, not through the surrender of Karabakh, he said.
The recent ceasefire deal is the third brokered-ceasefire failure in the region.
Russia facilitated the first two.
Since 1990, the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the USA, Russia, and France, have been trying to bring peace into the region.
Deaths Numbering in the Thousands Due to the Endless Fighting
According to another Reuters report, the region has already recorded 1,009 casualties since September 27.
Moreover, in 1990, the conflict and fighting between the two recorded around 30,000 casualties.