The humanitarian ceasefire will take effect on Monday morning in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan around the mountain enclave Nagorno-Karabakh.
The announcement came in a joint statement issued on Sunday by the US State Department and the two governments. This comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Armenia’s foreign ministers Azerbaijan In Washington on Friday, a meeting of the co-chairs of the Minsk group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, formed to mediate the conflict led by France, Russia and the United States.
A statement from the Minsk group said: “During their intensive discussions, the co-chairs and foreign ministers discussed the implementation of an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, possible criteria for monitoring the ceasefire, and the start of discussion of the essential core elements of a comprehensive solution.”
The humanitarian ceasefire will take effect at 8 am local time.
On Sunday, new fighting broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenian ethnic forces as the two sides blamed each other for blocking a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Armenia accused the Azerbaijani forces of bombing civilian settlements. Baku denied killing civilians and said it was ready to implement the ceasefire on the condition that Armenian forces withdraw from the battlefield.
The Minsk Group said that the co-chairs and its foreign ministers agreed to meet again in Geneva on Thursday “to discuss, reach an agreement and begin implementation, according to an agreed timetable, of all steps necessary to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”
Nagorno-Karabakh It is located inside Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian ethnic forces backed by Armenia since the war there ended in 1994. The latest fighting that began on September 27 involved heavy artillery fire, missiles and drones, killing hundreds in the largest escalation of fighting between neighbors South Caucasus in more than a quarter of a century.