The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, announced that Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire in the Nagorno Karabakh region from noon on Saturday (10), after a long negotiation between the foreign ministers of both countries in Moscow. .
“A ceasefire was announced from 12 noon on 10 October 2020, for humanitarian purposes,” Lavrov said, reading a statement after 11 hours of negotiations in the Russian capital.
Lavrov assured that the ceasefire “will allow the exchange of prisoners of war, other people and the bodies of the dead following the criteria of the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC)”.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have also pledged to carry out “substantial negotiations to quickly seek a peaceful solution” to the conflict under the auspices of the OSCE’s Minsk group co-chairs, the Russian foreign minister said when reading the statement.
The specific parameters for the implementation of the ceasefire will be agreed later, the statement explained.
After two weeks of conflict, this ceasefire has brought new hopes for peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to Russian media, calm seems to have returned to Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. For the first time in several days, the sirens did not sound and no bombs fell on the city.
Since September 27, Armenian separatists from the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, supported by Armenia, face the forces of Azerbaijan in this mountainous region claimed by both countries.
Friday’s official casualty record has increased to more than 400 dead, including 22 Armenian civilians and 31 Azeris, although the actual number of victims may be much higher, as both sides claim to have eliminated thousands of enemy soldiers.
(With information from AFP)