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ARMENIAN-AMERICAN celebrity Kim Kardashian called on the international community to defend Armenia from Azerbaijani attacks today after Baku threatened to bomb the country’s nuclear-power plants.
Ms Kardashian took to social media to accuse the Azeris of ignoring the United Nations’ call for a global ceasefire and launching a series of “unprovoked attacks against the Republic of Armenia.”
In a message to her 167 million followers on Twitter, the reality TV star said: “Civilian structures in Armenia have been targeted and Azerbaijan has now threatened to bomb the nuclear-power plant in Armenia.”
“The international community needs to pay attention and intervene now with such political and diplomatic measures to prevent unnecessary escalation and the loss of human life.
“I stand with my fellow Armenians and pray for those that are involved in recent tensions on the border of the country,” she added, calling for a “peaceful resolution for these unprovoked attacks.”
Hostilities flared in the border region of Tavush on Sunday after Azerbaijani soldiers were accused of entering Armenian territory and ignoring two warnings to withdraw.
Four Azeris were killed in the incident, which has triggered an escalation of the conflict between the two former Soviet republics.
Azerbaijan is backed by Turkey and has been accused of drone attacks and the indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure, including a nursery that was hit in an attack on an Armenian border village earlier this week.
Armenian government spokesman Artsun Hovhannisyan reported that an Azerbaijaini-controlled drone had destroyed a humanitarian vehicle yesterday as tensions continued to escalate.
He told a press briefing that the Azeris had committed 120 violations of a brief ceasefire, targeting Armenia’s Gegharkunik province with artillery fire.
Azerbaijan’s authoritarian President, Ilham Aliyev, sacked foreign minister Elmar Mamedyarov on Thursday, claiming that he had not done enough to resolve the conflict.
“Where was he? We were all at work after the July 12 events … and I could not find him,” he told a government meeting.
He said that Mr Mamedyarov, who had served as foreign minister since 2004, had been involved in “meaningless” negotiations with his Armenian counterparts.
Territorial disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia date back to before they became Soviet republics in the early 1920s, and flared again as the Soviet Union began to disintegrate in the late 1980s.
A six-year war began in 1988 over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a landlocked area inside Azerbaijan whose Armenian majority voted to join Yerevan in a referendum boycotted by Azerbaijan.
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