Armenia and Azerbaijan declare new ceasefire in disputed region
Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday announced yet another ceasefire in their war over Nagorno-Karabakh, to begin at midnight.
The foreign ministers of each country issued nearly identical brief statements from their respective capitals of Yerevan and Baku, declaring “a humanitarian truce as of October 18th, 00h00 local time” and citing recent efforts to intervene by France, Russia and the United States, the co-chairs of a long-failed international peace process carried out under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The countries have been at war for decades over the territory, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by Armenia and populated mainly by ethnic Armenians.
Open warfare in the long-running, mostly frozen conflict erupted in late September. Russia had previously announced a ceasefire on October 10, brokered by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, but it fell apart almost immediately.
The new truce was announced hours after Azerbaijan reported that a missile attack had killed 12 civilians in Ganja, the country’s second-largest city.