Armenia, Azerbaijan reach new cease-fire for Nagorno-Karabakh
The New York Times: Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a new cease-fire in their conflict over a disputed territory, the countries said Saturday, days after a truce negotiated a week earlier had unravelled.
The warring neighbours in the southern Caucasus region announced the agreement over the disputed territory, Nagorno-Karabakh, in terse statements issued by their foreign ministries late Saturday, describing it as a â€œhumanitarian truceâ€ to allow prisoners and the remains of the dead to be exchanged.
But the intense fighting leading up the announcement raised questions of whether this cease-fire would be any more durable than the deal reached after 10 hours of talks in Moscow last weekend, which failed to end the fierce conflict along the front line.
The new truce took effect at midnight, but neither side provided a timeline for how long it would last.
France said it mediated the latest cease-fire in the days and hours leading up to Saturdayâ€™s announcement, in coordination with Russia and the United States.