NAGORNO-KARABAKH / ARTSAKH – Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to suspend hostilities and to a temporary ceasefire in ethnic Armenian Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Fighting between the two parties started on 27 September with both sides claiming the other started first. The ceasefire was agreed on through mediation by Russia. Moscow has close relations with both sides. It maintains a military presence in Armenia.
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced the agreement this night after lengthy talks between the two warring parties in Moscow.
Artsakh is located on Azerbaijani territory. It belong to Azerbaijan under international law but is home to some 150 thousand ethnic Armenians. The recent violence has caused half of the Artsakh population to be displaced. Several hundred people have died and the conflict has left many injured.