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US, Armenia, Azerbaijan Announce Humanitarian Ceasefire to Take Effect on Monday in Karabakh

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh continues despite two ceasefire deals between Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Russia earlier this month.

Clashes have been shaking Nagorno-Karabakh since 27 September, with Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of violating ceasefire deals and carrying out attacks in the area. Armenia has declared martial law and general mobilisation, while partial mobilisation and partial martial law have also been introduced in Azerbaijan.

Russia, the US, and France urged the sides to resume talks without preconditions, while Turkey stated that it would provide Azerbaijan with any kind of support needed, both in negotiations and in combat.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalated in the late 1980s, with the predominantly Armenian-populated region proclaiming independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. This resulted in a full-scale war between Baku and Yerevan (1992-1994) that claimed the lives of an estimated 40,000 troops and civilians from both sides.

A ceasefire was signed in 1994, but the conflict remained frozen, and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic still continues to be an unrecognised state.

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01:49 GMT 26.10.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has discussed the new Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

"I spoke w/@ZMnatsakanyan. Understand the U.S. facilitated negotiations will lead to a new ceasefire in #NagornoKarabakh at midnight. We continue to call on external parties to stay out of the conflict & the creation of verification mechanisms by @OSCE Minsk Co-Chair," Champagne wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening.

19:45 GMT 25.10.2020

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk on Sunday, following a meeting in Washington, called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to take immediate steps to implement the agreement made in Moscow on 10 October regarding the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The group, consisting of representatives from Russia, France, and the United States, met with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, along with US Deputy Foreign Minister Stephen Biegun on Saturday in Washington.

The group said that it has agreed with the foreign ministers to hold another meeting on 29 October in Geneva to "discuss, reach agreement on, and begin implementation, in accordance with a timeline to be agreed upon, of all steps necessary to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict".

19:35 GMT 25.10.2020

The governments of the United States, Armenia, and Azerbaijan announced that a “humanitarian ceasefire” in the conflict zone of Nagorno-Karabakh will take effect at 08:00 a.m. local time Monday, the US Department of State said on Sunday.

19:22 GMT 25.10.2020

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday called on Washington and Paris to support Moscow's peacekeeping efforts in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh.

19:07 GMT 25.10.2020

The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, said on Sunday that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have taken control of the city of Qubadlı in the Kashatagh province of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh.

17:49 GMT 25.10.2020
17:37 GMT 25.10.2020

Azerbaijani head Ilham Aliyev keeps under his control "maximum one third" of combat operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, because "those also involve Turkish forces, as well as terrorists and mercenaries, controlled by Turkish miltary men stationed in Azerbaijan, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told French parliamentarians on Sunday.

17:22 GMT 25.10.2020
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16:44 GMT 25.10.2020

A pro-Azerbaijani demonstration was held Sunday in London in front of 10 Downing Street, a fighting over the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh region persisted over the weekend, despite Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterating their commitment to a peaceful resolution of their over 30-year-old conflict.

Nagorno-Karabakh's military accused the Azerbaijanis of shelling civilian settlements in the areas of Martuni and Askeran on Saturday evening, reporting that battles "on all directions of the frontline" continued on Sunday morning as well.

Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry, for its part claimed that Armenian forces shelled the Terter, Agdam and Aghjabedi regions of Azerbaijan.

12:49 GMT 25.10.2020

TEHRAN (Sputnik) - The Iranian Armed Forces held drills in regions bordering Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday amid an escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"Ground forces drills were held in the country's northwestern border regions", the army said, noting that the goal of the exercise was to demonstrate strength and increase combat readiness.

The drills involved infantry and artillery units, as well as drones.

The military did not specify the border with which country the exercise was held. In the northwest, Iran borders Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

The armed forces also did not mention whether the drills were linked to the current escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh between Baku and Yerevan. Earlier, the Islamic Republic said that it was boosting border security in the northwest amid a spillover of shelling into Iranian territory.

10:57 GMT 25.10.2020

According to the Artsakh Ministry of Defence, Nagorno-Karabakh forces lost 11 servicemen over the past day.

09:47 GMT 25.10.2020

"The Prosecutor General's Office of Armenia, within the framework of a criminal case on unleashing an aggressive war by Azerbaijan against Armenia and Artsakh [self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic], received factual evidence that, since this August, multiple servicemen from the Turkish special forces have trained Azerbaijani troops and were later directly engaged in hostilities", the official statement read.

09:39 GMT 25.10.2020
07:47 GMT 25.10.2020

"Our drones are destroying Armenian tanks and other military equipment. So far, we have destroyed more than 230 tanks, six S-300 air defence systems, hundreds of armoured vehicles", the Azerbaijani president said.

07:10 GMT 25.10.2020

"They [the Armenian side] should stop asking Russia for direct military engagement. This is ineffective. All this time, the efforts of the Armenian prime minister have been aimed at asking Russia to send troops for the war with Azerbaijan. It is very dangerous", he told Fox News.

The president also stressed he is against involving any third parties in the military confrontation.

07:02 GMT 25.10.2020

BAKU (Sputnik) - Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has said that Baku is ready to coordinate a ceasefire regime in Nagorno Karabakh, adding that the situation now depends on the Armenian side.

"Yes, we are ready. I said many times publicly. We are ready to agree on a ceasefire today ... Our position is that all the regional countries should stay away from direct involvement in the conflict. We are completely against the 'internationalisation' of the conflict", Aliyev told Fox News in an interview.

05:45 GMT 25.10.2020
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