Armenia, Azerbaijan reach ceasefire, start substantial negotiations

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The Russian Foreign Minister (C) chairs a meeting of the Armenian Minister (R) and the Azerbaijani Minister in Moscow.

Moscow:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the marathon negotiations in Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire and to start “substantial talks” on Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday afternoon.

After 11 hours of talks between the foreign ministers of archenemies Armenia and Azerbaijan, Lavrov said the warring parties had agreed on a humanitarian ceasefire of “12 hours 00 minutes on October 10th”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to AFP that the ceasefire would begin on Saturday afternoon.

During the ceasefire brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the parties will exchange corpses and prisoners, Lavrov said, reading from a statement.

“Specific parameters of the ceasefire will be agreed separately,” the statement said.

Russia’s top diplomat also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan had agreed to look for a permanent solution to the territorial dispute.

“Azerbaijan and Armenia are starting substantial negotiations with the aim of reaching a peaceful solution as soon as possible,” Lavrov told reporters, adding that such talks are being brokered by the Minsk group of international negotiators.

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