Azerbaijan, Armenia humanitarian truce takes effect on Monday

by MCR Correspondent

The United States Department has announced that the humanitarian truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia will take effect on Monday morning.

While disclosing this in a joint statement on Sunday October, 2020, the US stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan have again agreed to respect a “humanitarian ceasefire” in the conflict over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The truce will take effect at 8am local time (04:00 GMT) on Monday,” the statement reads.

It adds that US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met with the foreign ministers of the two countries on Saturday.

In a separate statement, the OSCE Minsk Group, formed to mediate the conflict and led by France, Russia and the United States, said its co-chairs and foreign ministers would meet again on October 29 to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

“During their intensive discussions, the co-chairs and foreign ministers discussed implementing an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, possible parameters for monitoring the ceasefire, and initiating discussion of core substantive elements of a comprehensive solution,” a statement from the Minsk Group reads.

An earlier truce brought a brief lull on Saturday before each side accused the other of violating it.

Armenia on Sunday accused Azeri forces of shelling civilian settlements.

Baku denied killing civilians and said it was ready to implement a ceasefire, provided Armenian forces withdrew from the battlefield.

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