Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed on a humanitarian truce starting at 00:00 local time tomorrow Sunday (20:00 GMT today), reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan.
The truce, according to the Azerbaijani diplomacy statement, was agreed upon in response to the statement of October 1 of the Presidents of the United States, Russia and France, representing the co-presidents of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security in Europe (OSCE).
It was also taken into consideration, he added Foreign, the statement of October 5 of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as the Moscow Declaration of the 10th on the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire in the conflict zone of Nagorno Karabakh.
Hours before the announcement of the truce, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov maintained paths Phone conversations with his Azerbaijani counterparts, Jeihun Bayrámov, and Armenian, Zohrab Mnatsakanián.
According to Moscow, Lavrov insisted before his interlocutors on the importance of the agreement reached in the Russian capital to begin, together with the ceasefire, “substantive negotiations” in order to reach a peaceful agreement to the conflict of Nagorno Karabaj. That ceasefire was never fully implemented and military actions intensified rather than diminished.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev announced today the liberation of the city of Füzuli and seven other localities in the Armenian-occupied region of the same name south of Nagorno Karabakh.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict dates back to the times of the Soviet Union, when in the late 1980s the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, requested its incorporation into neighboring Armenia, after which a war which caused some 25,000 deaths.
At the end of the fighting, which lasted until 1994, the Armenian forces took control of Nagorno Karabakh and also occupied vast Azerbaijani territories, which they call “security strip”, to unite it to Armenia.
Azerbaijan maintains that the solution to the conflict with Armenia necessarily passes through the liberation of the occupied territories, demand that has been endorsed by several resolutions of the Security Council of the UN.
For its part, Armenia supports the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and advocates the participation of representatives of the separatist territory in the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict.