UN top court to rule in Armenia-Azerbaijan feud

UN top court to rule in Armenia-Azerbaijan feud

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The Hague: The United Nations Supreme Court will make a decision on the tit-for-tat demands made by Armenia and Azerbaijan on Tuesday to take urgent measures to ease the tensions after the war between rivals of the Caucasus last year.

The former Soviet republics fought for six weeks in the Nagorno-Karabakh region separated from Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020. Both sides claimed that the other side had racial discrimination.

In September, both parties asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Peace Palace in The Hague to take measures against each other and wait for a complete case that would take several years to resolve.

The court said in a statement that the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice, Joan Donoghue, will “issue an order in accordance with the request of the Republic of Armenia to indicate interim measures” at 1400 GMT.

Its ruling on the Azerbaijani case will take effect immediately thereafter.

The International Court of Justice was established after World War II to resolve disputes among UN member states. The parties who agree to let the court decide on their dispute are obliged to abide by the decision, but the court has no right to enforce it.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian region of Azerbaijan, which was separated from the control of Baku after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict last year claimed more than 6,500 lives. It ended in November with a Russian-mediated ceasefire, according to which Armenia ceded the territory it had controlled for decades to Turkey-backed Azerbaijan.

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