Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan ceasefire comes into effect

10 oct 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan ceasefire comes into effect

Following weeks of renewed clashes, Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region which will begin on Saturday (10 October) after 10 hours of negotiations in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced. The ceasefire will allow for an exchange of prisoners and the recovery of bodies.

Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on 27 September, with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but mostly governed by the Republic of Artsakh, a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority.

Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the region in 1988-94, eventually declaring a ceasefire. However, a settlement was never reached.

The current fighting is the worst seen since the ceasefire with the two former Soviet republics have been blaming each other.