Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating new ceasefire agreement

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1988.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating new ceasefire agreement

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1988. Reuters photo.

Yerevan/Baku, October 18

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The truce came into force last midnight (2000 GMT).

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new "humanitarian ceasefire" in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting midnight (2000 GMT), the two countries' foreign ministries announced on Saturday evening via identical statements.

It is the second ceasefire both sides have agreed on in weeks. The first came on October 10, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on October 9, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there are still have been sporadic minor clashes.

--Agencies

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