Pompeo announces a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan with US mediation
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced this Sunday an agreement reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan with the mediation of Washington for a ceasefire in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.
“Today the United States has facilitated an intense negotiation with the ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the presidents of the Minsk Group of the OSCE,” Pompeo reported through a message on Twitter.
Today, the US facilitated an intensive negotiation with the FMs of Armenia, Azerbaijan, & @OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to move closer to a peaceful resolution of the NK conflict. @ZMnatsakanyan & @bayramov_jeyhun have committed to implement & abide by the ceasefire at midnight.
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 25, 2020
The ultimate goal is “to move closer to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”. “The Armenian Foreign Minister, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, and the Azeri Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayramov have committed to implement and comply with the ceasefire from midnight,” added Pompeo.
On September 27, a new escalation of violence began between Armenia and Azerbaijan, faced by the Nagorno Karabakh enclave. Russia has announced up to two ceasefire agreements that have finally been left on paper.
More than a thousand people have died – almost 5,000, according to estimates by Russian President Vladimir Putin – since September 27 in the latest escalation of violence between the two countries in the enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, a self-proclaimed independent republic of Azerbaijan and subject to a historical dispute between both countries.
The territory is officially part of Azerbaijan but has a majority Armenian population and has been under Armenian rule since the end of the last war, in which Armenian forces took control in addition to several neighboring Azeri districts.