With Russia’s mediation, Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to conduct the Ceasefire ln Nagorno-Karabakh following two weeks of heavy fighting that marked the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region.
The countries’ foreign ministers stated that the truce is intended to exchange prisoners and recover the dead.
The announcement went with 10 hours of talks in Moscow sponsored by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. It stipulated that cease-fire should pave way for talks on settling the conflict.
If the truce holds, it will mark a significant diplomatic coup for Russia with Armenia’s security pact.
The latest outburst of fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces began on 27th September and left hundreds of people dead in the most significant escalation over Nagorno-Karabakh since the separatist war ended in 1994.
The discussion between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan held on invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He broked a cease-fire in series of calls with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.
Russia co-sponsored peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh, together with the United States and France, as co-chairs so-called Minsk Group.
Addressing to the nation Friday hours before the cease-fire deal was signed, the Azerbaijani president insisted on his country’s right to reclaim its territory by force after nearly three decades of international talks.
A cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh would allow the Kremlin to Turkey’s bid and expand its clout in Russia’s backyard without ruining its strategic relationship with Ankara.
While Turkey aspired to join the Minsk Group talks as a co-chair, the statement issued by Armenia and Azerbaijan contained their pledge to maintain the current format of the peace talks.