Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to ceasefire immediately over Nagorno-Karabakh region


Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire from midnight of October 10. according to Russian Foreign Minister.

This agreement which the Al Jazeera’s correspondent Alexsandra Stojanovich-Godfroid, said was for a “humanitarian ceasefire” is coming after nearly two weeks of brutal fighting on the disputed territory.

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The breakthrough came after some 10 hours of talks in Moscow, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The plan to start “substantive” talks over Nagorno-Karabakh is a laudable one as it has been reported that at least 300 people have been killed in the fighting that broke out on the morning of September 27 2020.

According to Wikipedia, Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but mostly governed by the Republic of Artsakh (formerly named Nagorno-Karabakh Republic [NKR]), a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority established on the basis of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

Azerbaijan has not exercised political authority over the region since the advent of the Karabakh movement in 1988. Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994, representatives of the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group on the region’s disputed status.

Russia’s top diplomat had said that the Red Cross would act as an intermediary in the humanitarian operation.

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