STEPANAKERT: The overseas ministries of Armenia and Azerbaijan have mentioned they may declare a “humanitarian truce” from midnight (2000 GMT, Saturday) after almost three weeks of preventing over a disputed area.
It is going to be a second try of the warring sides to declare a ceasefire to quell nearly three weeks of clashes over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area which have killed lots of of individuals.
“The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian truce as of October 18, 00h00 local time [2000 GMT],” Armenia’s overseas ministry mentioned late on Saturday.
Azerbaijan’s overseas ministry in an similar assertion confirmed the transfer.
The announcement got here after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held telephone talks along with his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan and highlighted “the need to strictly follow” a ceasefire deal agreed in Moscow final Saturday, in line with the overseas ministry.
Announcement got here after Russian overseas minister held talks with warring sides
The ministry in Moscow mentioned the 2 sides additionally confirmed the significance of starting “substantive” talks to settle the battle.
Armenia and Azerbaijan had final Saturday agreed to a ceasefire after 11 hours of talks, mediated by Lavrov in Moscow, however then each additionally accused one another of violating the deal.
Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway area of Azerbaijan primarily inhabited by ethnic Armenians and backed by Yerevan, has been the scene of lethal clashes since September 27.
In response to an official, however partial, toll greater than 700 folks have been killed within the clashes.
The mountainous western area of Azerbaijan has remained beneath separatist Armenian management since a 1994 ceasefire ended a brutal battle that killed 30,000.
Earlier on Saturday, the ministry of overseas affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a press release, condemning the assaults by Armenia.
It mentioned: “On the evening of October 17, the armed forces of Armenia attacked the Ganja metropolis of Azerbaijan with ballistic missiles. This, third in a row, atrocious assault on the second largest metropolis of Azerbaijan, for the reason that new aggression of Armenia in opposition to Azerbaijan, located far-off from the frontline, prompted critical civilian casualties; 12 civilians, together with two minors killed, greater than 40 folks injured.
“Armenia’s deliberate and indiscriminate concentrating on of civilians, in a blatant violation of norms and rules of worldwide legislation, together with worldwide humanitarian legislation, in addition to declared humanitarian ceasefire, the purposeful killing of peaceable folks represent a battle crime and a criminal offense in opposition to humanity and the management of Armenia bears full accountability for this crime.
“Steady aggression of Armenia, merciless assaults on the civilians should be stopped and the worldwide group shouldn’t flip a blind eye to those inhuman acts by Armenia in opposition to the folks of Azerbaijan.
“We condemn within the strongest method vicious assaults by Armenia in opposition to the Azerbaijani civilians and urge this aggressor state to cease its battle crimes.
The political-military management of Armenia, utilizing terror because the state coverage, bear accountability for giving an order on the rocket promoting the peaceable inhabitants. The Republic of Azerbaijan declares that primarily based on the nationwide and worldwide legislation mechanisms the perpetrators of this crime can be dropped at justice,” the assertion added.
Printed in Daybreak, October 18th, 2020