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Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a brand new humanitarian ceasefire from midnight in preventing over Azerbaijan’s ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, each nations stated in similar statements.
Azerbaijan and Armenia had accused one another earlier on Saturday of contemporary assaults in violation of a week-old Russian-brokered truce that had didn’t halt the worst preventing within the South Caucasus because the Nineteen Nineties.
Baku stated 13 civilians had been killed and greater than 50 wounded within the metropolis of Ganja by an Armenian missile assault, whereas Yerevan accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling.
The preventing is the worst within the area since Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces went to battle within the Nineteen Nineties over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory that’s internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians.
Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov, who mediated the ceasefire talks every week in the past, talked to his Armenian and Azeri counterparts by telephone on Saturday and harassed that the truce ought to be noticed, the Russian overseas ministry stated.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s overseas ministry stated in a press release following the announcement: “We welcome the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in addition to Armenia to attain a ceasefire within the Azerbaijani-Karabakh battle zone in addition to to cut back tensions.
“Nagorno-Karabakh reaffirms its readiness to keep up the phrases of the humanitarian ceasefire on a reciprocal foundation … in line with the Moscow assertion of Oct. 10 and the agreements of Oct. 17.”
The Minsk group is led by Russia, France and the USA.
French President Emmanuel Macron stated the ceasefire have to be unconditional and strictly revered by either side.
“This ceasefire have to be unconditional and strictly noticed by each events. France can be very attentive to this and can stay dedicated in order that hostilities stop completely and that credible discussions can rapidly start,” the president’s workplace stated in a press release.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)