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The Conflict Over Nagorno- Karabakh

On 27 September 2020, the tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalated over Nagorno- Karabakh area, when Azerbaijan arm forces launched aerial strike on a civilian settlement. Earlier this year on July 12, three Azerbaijani soldiers were killed due to ceasefire violation on both sides. Both of the countries are on the verge of a full-scale war aided by neighbourhood powers. With Azerbaijan being supported by Turkey, and Russia providing arms and missiles to Armenia.

 

The region has a long history of conflicts which goes back decades long. It all started with the fall of the USSR, when both of them became independent from Soviet’s rule. Both countries were under the control of Soviet Union until its fall in the late 1980’s. From then onwards, the conflict has continued till this day over Nagorno- Karabakh area. Although the ceasefire regulations were put in place by Russia in 1994, there wasn’t any effect on both of the parties involved in the conflict. There were many ceasefire violations since then. Each of them has accused the other of ethnic cleansing.

 

Nagorno- Karabakh is an area lying in the territory of Azerbaijan in the Southern Caucasus region. It has a vast Armenian population who wants freedom from Azerbaijan’s authority to establish an independent Artsakh republic of their own or join Armenia’s territory.
Azerbaijan, to maintain its territorial integrity won’t allow this proposition. They instead have started bombing many parts of Nagorno- Karabakh region, killing both military personnel and innocent civilians. In retaliation, Armenia has also thrown bombs, missiles etc. in many cities of Azerbaijan. Because of this France, USA and Russia have called for an immediate ceasefire violation in the area to avoid further escalation of conflicts between the two regions.

 

It seems quite evident from this incident that even in this time of pandemic, some governments around the world still hunger for innocent people lives as if the fatality from the pandemic is not enough.

Peru President escapes parliamentary impeachment vote amid corruption allegations

Peru’s congress wasn’t successful in impeaching President Martín Vizcarra on Friday on the grounds of “moral incapacity.” Vizcarra confronted the impeachment hearing notwithstanding his appeal to delay the legislative’s attempts to eliminate him from his office, which was dismissed by the nation’s constitutional court on Thursday.

The motion to impeach Vizcarra received backing from 32 of Peru’s 130 congressmen for expelling the president, missing the mark of the two-thirds majority needed to eliminate him from office. The proceedings were started a week ago after the opposition delivered proof that Vizcarra ordered “subordinates to lie to prosecutors about a minor-influence peddling scandal.”

However, the charges of “moral incapacity” emerged from reports in May claiming that Vizcarra went into unreliable government contracts with a lesser-known pop artist and political ally, Richard Cisneros. Vizcarra disputed that the opposition initiated impeachment vote out of indignation regarding the president’s move to disintegrate the previous congress a year ago.

Pressures were intense during the political fight, as Peru is experiencing an economic recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key congressmen offered Vizcarra support after the proceedings started, thinking that the nation needs security during this time. During the meeting, Vizcarra delivered a speech to Congress, shielding himself against the charges and encouraging the lawmakers to zero in on the “real challenges” that the nation is confronting.

Vizcarra will serve out the remainder of his term, which closes in July 2021.