Armenia denounces Azerbaijan for rocket attack and violation of ‘humanitarian ceasefire’

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Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shusan Stepanyan reported that Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire agreement between the two countries in the early hours of Saturday (17) to Sunday (18).

This Saturday (17), the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Yerevan and Baku had reached an agreement for a truce starting at 12:00 am on Sunday (18). The Azeri chancellery confirmed the information.

“The enemy again violated the humanitarian ceasefire regime after launching an artillery attack in the north direction, from 0:04 am to 2:45 am, and a rocket attack in the south direction, from 2 am to 2:45 am,” said the spokeswoman. in your Telegram account.

So far, Azerbaijani authorities have not commented on the accusation.

The self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, for its part, praised the efforts of the Minsk Group, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), and declared that it is ready to respect the truce.

Mutual accusations of breach of the truce

Armed clashes reoccurred in the region on September 27. Nagorno-Karabakh has been the focus of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the territory, of mostly Armenian population, decided to separate in 1988 from the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan.

On October 1, Russia, the United States and France, who lead the Minsk Group, called for an immediate end to hostilities in the region and a return to negotiations between the conflicting parties.

On October 10, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, after more than ten hours of negotiations in Moscow, with the mediation of the Russian chancellor, Sergei Lavrov, reached an agreement for a ceasefire and exchanged prisoners and the bodies of dead.

However, on the same day the parties to the conflict were accused of violating the truce.

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