Armenia, Azerbaijan agree on new “humanitarian ceasefire”

Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2020 shows a house damaged in the clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Tartar district bordering the Nagorno-Karabakh region. (Photo by Tofik Babayev/Xinhua)

YEREVAN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new “humanitarian ceasefire” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting midnight (2000 GMT) Saturday, the two countries’ foreign ministries announced on Saturday evening via identical statements.

It is the second ceasefire both sides have agreed on in weeks. The first came on Oct. 10, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on Oct. 9.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there still have been sporadic minor clashes. ■

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