Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared a humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh, in order to exchange prisoners and the bodies of the dead, reported the Russian Foreign Ministry, which mediated between the parties.
“A ceasefire is declared from 12.00 on October 10 (08.00 GMT) by Humanitarian reasons for the exchange of prisoners of war and other detained persons, and the bodies of the dead, under the mediation and under the criteria of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “the statement reads.
They seek peaceful settlement
The specific parameters of the Stop the fire, which will be established after two weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the separatist enclave, will still have to be agreed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov clarified in a brief subsequent appearance before the media.
The two parties, who resumed fighting in the Karabakh on September 27, they also agreed to start substantial negotiations “in order to reach” as soon as possible “an agreement on the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
This process will be accompanied by the co-chairs of the countries of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), that is to say USA, Russia and France, after both Armenia and Azerbaijan formed today the format of international mediation.
The agreement between the parties was reached after ten hours of negotiations in Moscow between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanián, and of Azerbaijan, Jeihun Bayrámov, under the mediation of Lavrov.
The ceasefire became possible after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, convinced the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliev, and the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, of the need to send their respective heads of diplomacy to Moscow.