Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan violate fresh truce brokered by US
The United States, Armenia and, Azerbaijan announced a new cease-fire agreement over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that will take effect at 8:00 a.m. local time (0400 UTC/GMT) on Monday.
A joint statement from the three countries said the accord came after Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov met with senior US diplomats on Friday.
“The United States facilitated intensive negotiations among the Foreign Ministers and the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to move Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Sunday’s joint statement said.
The warring parties agreed to abide by the terms of the humanitarian ceasefire agreed in Moscow on October 10, which were reaffirmed in the statement issued from Paris on October 17, the statement added.
In a separate statement, the OSCE Minsk Group, formed to mediate the conflict and led by France, Russia, and the United States, announced that its co-chairs and foreign ministers would meet on October 29 to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
“During their intensive discussions, the co-chairs and foreign ministers discussed implementing an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, possible parameters for monitoring the ceasefire, and initiating discussion of core substantive elements of a comprehensive solution,” the statement said.
The truce follows nearly a month of fresh conflict in the region, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians, entered its fifth week. Two previous temporary truces, broken by Russia, have failed to hold.
However, the new cease-fire has not brought any new results as the two sides accused each other again of violating the agreement.
The Azerbaijan Defense Ministry said Armenian forces had shelled villages in the Terter and Lachin regions. Meanwhile, the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry denied the claim, saying it was “misinformation” and that Azerbaijan’s military had launched a missile attack on Armenian forces.