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Armenia, Azerbaijan agree new ceasefire

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Published: 08:35, 26 October 2020   Update: 08:37, 26 October 2020
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree new ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan have again agreed to respect a “humanitarian ceasefire” in the conflict over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to a joint statement from the US State Department and the two governments.

The truce will take effect at 8am local time (04:00 GMT) on Monday, the statement said on Sunday, adding that US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met the foreign ministers of the two countries on Saturday.

Two ceasefires agreed earlier this month over the conflict were broken almost immediately.

Fighting erupted on 27 September around the mountainous enclave. The conflict has intensified again in recent days.

The new announcement comes following discussions between US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov.

On Friday, both foreign ministers were in Washington for meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday to congratulate those involved.

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