Although the parties announced a temporary ceasefire at Saturday dawn, fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has hardly eased, according to field reports. Another war between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, and at least 376 people have since died in the conflict.
The Index has previously published several articles on the conflict, one of which has been contacted by our reader in Azerbaijan, Peter Gardalits. A Hungarian man in his thirties moved to the town of Sumqayit on the Caspian Sea seven years ago. Although their home is about 400 kilometers from the conflict zone, Péter Gardalits said Armenian missiles are also crashing around them.
Our reader said, adding that he struck the civilian residential areas of the city of Genghis outside the conflict zone with missiles. “Children and women were also killed in the terrorist attack, and many civilians were injured, including Armenians,” our informant added. He also stressed that Armenians are constantly bombing Azerbaijani civilian villages and towns beyond the conflict zone, while Baku respects the borders of Armenia and has never fired within Armenian borders.
Peter Gardalits makes no secret of his bias. The man, who started a family in Azerbaijan and is still working as an English teacher in the Caucasus country, said: Armenia is clearly the aggressor.
He said. During our video chat, he showed videos and photos, the corpses of women and children killed in Azeri press, lying in mass graves. Regarding the brutality against civilians committed in the current and previous conflicts, Peter Gardalits noted that almost all states consider Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. But he also recalled that the territorial claims of the Caucasus state were also supported by a 1993 UN Security Council resolution.
In Nagorno-Karabakh, following the break-up of the Soviet Union, a bloody war broke out in 1988, with more than 6,000 Armenians and nearly 12,000 Azeris killed in a conflict that lasted more than six years. Although the parties concluded a ceasefire in 1994, fighting in the gunpowder area has been regularly renewed ever since.
“Following thirty years of recurrent Armenian provocations, Azerbaijan has decided to end the occupation of Armenian separatists in Karabakh and its territory and liberate its territories,” Gardalits continued. While there is a recurring cliché in the international press that the parties blame each other for the recurrence of the conflict, our interviewee said that they see the ongoing war in Azerbaijan quite differently.
He said. Of course, we also asked our reader in Azerbaijan what the Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh was saying, but according to Gardalits, there was no question of retaliation. As he put it, Azerbaijan does not aim to expel Christian communities from the region, as there are still large numbers of Armenians in the Muslim country.
Gardalits said. He added that while the world is watching the Armenians, Azeri civilians are being massacred. “Baku ordered a partial mobilization on September 27,” our reader continued, with a curfew in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the report of our reader, the atmosphere in Azerbaijan is more optimistic. “One day better, the next day worse than people. It depends on what news is coming from the front, ”he added. Of course, life in the Caucasus country has not stopped yet, according to our interviewee, people go to work, school and shopping in the market in the same way. However, the fighting spirit can also be felt in everyday life. Peter Gardalits remarked that the Azeris were brave and determined people, most of whom were accustomed to international conflicts.
He added. According to Turkey, the most important ally of Azerbaijan, Peter Gardalits, this is also reflected in the street scene, the colors of the two nations are also painted by children running in military uniforms.
In addition to Turkey, Azerbaijan is supported by Israel and Pakistan, among others, but Gardalits believes leaders in the Western world also unanimously recognize Azerbaijan’s demands. “Armenia is supported by Russia and Iran. Moscow has undertaken to bring the ceasefire under the roof, which, on the other hand, was kicked up by the Armenians from the very first moment, ”our reader added.
We also asked about the Hungarian-Azerbaijani relationship. As the Index wrote earlier, the government stands by Azerbaijan and it was not the only time that Hungary publicly supported Baku in a conflict. Péter Gardalits said that the Azeris are fully aware of this and are very grateful for the support of the Hungarians.
Our reader added, saying to our question that Ramil Safarov’s 2012 edition was a topic in Azerbaijan for a long time. Safarov stayed in Hungary in 2004 as a participant in a NATO Partnership for Peace program and then killed his Armenian roommate with an ax. The Hungarian court therefore sentenced him to life imprisonment, but in 2012, at the request of the Azerbaijani authorities, Hungary extradited him to Azerbaijan.