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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)
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    Azerbaijan is interested in the creation of an international tribunal amid the recent developments in Nagrono-Karabakh, the country's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — On April 5, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a bilateral ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which came into force at noon on the same day.

    Azerbaijan does not recognize the ethnically Armenian self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) and considers the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army to be a part of the Armed Forces of Armenia.

    On April 2, Armenia and Azerbaijan declared a dramatic escalation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Baku and Yerevan traded blame for breaching the truce in the conflict and reported heavy fighting in the area.

    "Azerbaijan is more interested than the Armenian side in the creation of an international tribunal on the latest developments on the contact line and of the conflict in general," the ministry's press service said in a statement.

    Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan stated earlier in the day that Yerevan would demand an international assessment of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Initially, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. The conflict escalated further in September 2015, with the sides blaming one another for violating the truce.

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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)

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