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Armenia, Azerbaijan brace for ICC ruling

Both allege racial discrimination by the other side

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — The United Nations’ (UN) top court will decide on Tuesday on tit-for-tat requests by Armenia and Azerbaijan for emergency measures to ease tensions after last year’s war between the Caucasus arch-foes.

The former Soviet republics, which battled for six weeks in autumn 2020 over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, both allege racial discrimination by the other side.

In September, the rivals each asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) located in the Peace Palace of The Hague to take steps against the other, pending the resolution of a full case that will take years.

The ICJ’s chief judge Joan Donoghue “will deliver its order on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by the Republic of Armenia” at 1400 GMT, the court said in a statement.

Its ruling on Azerbaijan’s case will follow immediately afterwards.

During hearings in October, Armenia and Azerbaijan both accused the other of breaching a UN treaty, the International Convention on All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of fueling a “cycle of hate” by indoctrinating generations of people into a “culture of fear, of hate of anything and everything Armenian.”

Azerbaijan meanwhile accused Armenia of laying landmines as part of a campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”

It said that after the “liberation” of Nagorno-Karabakh last year, when Azerbaijani civilians tried to return to their homes they found the area had been “carpeted” with landmines by Armenia.

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