Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on 10 October in Moscow by signing a treaty to end the fighting and a humanitarian ceasefire.
This is the fighting party’s second attempt to declare a ceasefire to quell the Nagorno-Karabakh struggle, which has been going on for almost three weeks and in which hundreds of people have died.
“The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight on October 18, local time,” the Armenian Foreign Ministry said late Saturday night.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this step in the same statement.
The announcement was preceded by a phone call from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with his partners from Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lavrov stressed the “need for strict compliance” with the ceasefire agreement agreed in Moscow last Saturday (October 10), the Foreign Ministry said.
Ministers also reaffirmed the importance of launching “substantial” talks to resolve the conflict, the Moscow ministry said.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on 10 October in Moscow by signing a treaty to end the fighting and a humanitarian ceasefire. However, neither party complies with this ceasefire.
The two former Soviet republics were stuck in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades, an ethnically Armenian region that broke away from Azerbaijan in the 1990s. The conflict has claimed some 30,000 lives. Heavy fighting in the area broke out again on September 27, claiming hundreds of casualties and dozens of casualties since many, many among civilians.