The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced today an agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan with the mediation of Washington for a ceasefire in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.
“Today the United States has facilitated an intense negotiation with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group,” Pompeo reported through a message on Twitter.
The ultimate goal is “to move closer to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”. “Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov have pledged to implement and comply with the ceasefire from midnight,” Pompeo added.
On September 27, a new escalation of violence began between Armenia and Azerbaijan, faced by the Nagorno Karabakh enclave. Russia has announced up to two ceasefire agreements that have finally been left on paper.
More than a thousand people have died – almost 5,000, according to estimates by Russian President Vladimir Putin – since September 27 in the latest escalation of violence between the two countries over the enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, a self-proclaimed independent republic of Azerbaijan and subject to a historical dispute between both countries.
The territory is officially part of Azerbaijan but has a majority of Armenian population and has been under Armenian rule since the end of the last war, in which Armenian forces took control in addition to several neighboring Azeri districts.