Azerbaijan, Armenia agree to cease fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Source : 112 Ukraine

Countries to halt fighting at 12 p.m on Saturday to exchange prisoners and casualties
08:30, 10 October 2020

Sputnik News

Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan reached an agreement on a temporary ceasefire in the conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The deal was made during consultations in Moscow, with the mediation of the Russian Foreign Ministry. This was reported by TASS.

The breakthrough came after 10 hours of talks between the two sides in Moscow.

The hostilities will be halted from midday local time (08:00 GMT) on Saturday, to allow an exchange of prisoners and the recovery of dead bodies.

According to the agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan:

▪️ The ceasefire in Karabakh comes into force today at 12 p.m for the exchange of prisoners and bodies of the dead;

▪️ the countries start substantive negotiations for an early peace settlement through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group;

▪️ the negotiations will proceed on the basis of the basic principles of the settlement, the invariability of the formats has been confirmed.

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On September 27, the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. Then the motorized rifle and tank subdivisions of the Azerbaijani army went on the offensive in the northern, southern, and southeastern directions. The Armenian government has declared martial law in the country.

On the same day, the Republic of Armenia applied to the European Court of Human Rights with a request to apply an interim measure in accordance with Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court in order to stop military attacks on civilian settlements along the line of contact between the armed forces of Armenia and Artsakh.

On September 30, it was reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in response to a request from Armenia, approved measures by which it ordered Azerbaijan and Armenia to refrain from hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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