Armenia reports an offensive by the Azerbaijani Army despite truce


Yerevan (Sputnik) – Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanián reported that despite the agreed truce, the Azerbaijani Army launched an offensive south of the line of contact in Nagorno Karabakh on the border with Iran.

“Despite the new humanitarian truce, the Azerbaijani Army grossly violated the agreement again. At about 7:20 local time (03:20 GMT) the enemy, using artillery, launched an offensive in a southern direction on the border with Iran for the purpose to occupy advantageous positions. Both sides are suffering casualties, “Stepanián wrote on his Facebook.

On October 17, the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported that Yerevan and Baku agreed to a truce starting at 00:00 on Sunday, October 18 (20:00 GMT on October 17). The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan confirmed that decision.
In turn, the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno Karabakh applauded the efforts of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and declared that it is ready to respect the armistice.

September 27 armed clashes broke out again in Nagorno Karabakh, the focus of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan since that territory, with a mainly Armenian population, decided to separate in 1988 from the then Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic.

On October 1, the leaders of Russia, the United States and France, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, urged an immediate end to hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh and to resume negotiations without preconditions.

On October 10, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, after more than ten hours of negotiations held in Moscow with the mediation of their Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, agreed to cease fire from noon the same day, to carry out the exchange of the prisoners and the bodies of those killed, as well as coordinating the specific details of the armistice.

However, that same day the parties began to launch mutual accusations of breaking the armistice.


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