Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree Ceasefire

Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, announced the agreement following ten hours of talks in Moscow.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree Ceasefire
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Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed on a temporary ceasefire in the ongoing conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, announced the agreement following ten hours of talks in Moscow.

He further added that the two nations will now initiate substantive talks. Since the latest round of escalation in the long-running conflict, hundreds of people have been displaced and more than 300 people have died.

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The hostilities will be halted from midday Saturday to allow prisoners’ exchange and the recovery of dead bodies. Although the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of Azerbaijan, it is run by ethnic Armenians.

Meanwhile, the two former Soviet nations have blamed each other for the recent violence, which remains the worst in decades. Earlier, Moscow had maintained that under the existing security treaty, they must prevent the conflict from escalating further.

Kremlin has a military base in Armenia, and both nations are also members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) alliance. But despite all this, Moscow enjoys very good relations with the other party in the conflict, Azerbaijan.

Furthermore, in a statement on Friday, the Armenian military said that the fighting on the ground continued through the day, despite the talks being held in the Russian capital. Besides, the Armenian authorities accused Azerbaijan of shelling a historic cathedral in the disputed region, and the images from the site showed that it was severely damaged.

In response, the Azerbaijan authorities accused the Armenian forces of shelling its second-largest city, Ganja, with at least one person killed. While talking to BBC, Nikol Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, earned a genocide in the disputed region. According to official figures, nearly 70,000 people have been displaced, and its main cities have suffered days of continuous shelling.

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