Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to a Ceasefire on a Russia-brokered Meet in Moscow
October 10 , 2020
The Russian Foreign Ministry has published a readout informing that both Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire, which will start on Saturday at noon (4 a.m. ET). The announcement says that the ceasefire has been announced on two main propositions: “for humanitarian purposes, for the exchange of prisoners of war, other detained persons and bodies of the deceased.” Reports say that the parameters of the ceasefire will be agreed upon separately. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement came after the diplomats of the two warring countries met in Moscow for talks, which was brokered by Russia. The current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan started as each side accused the other over the escalation of dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Minor clashes have been taking place in this region since the last ceasefire back in 1994. However, it is still unclear what led to the escalation of the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020. A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry has said that the clashes have till now destroyed more than 120 buildings and led to the death of 24 civilians and injury to 121 people. The bone of contention in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is ethnic in character and highly skewed. This heavily militarized region inside internationally-recognized Azerbaijani territory is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians, who are again aided by the Armenian diaspora.