Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire, start of 'substantive' talks

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire, start of ‘substantive’ talks

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Moscow: After marathon negotiations in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire from noon on Saturday and began “substantial dialogue” on Nagorno-Karabakh.

After an 11-hour meeting between the foreign ministers of the enemy Armenia and Azerbaijan, Lavrov said in a speech that the warring parties agreed to a ceasefire on October 10 “on humanitarian grounds starting at 12:00.”

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to AFP that the ceasefire would begin from noon Saturday.

Lavrov said in a statement that during the ceasefire (mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross), the two sides will exchange bodies and prisoners.

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

Russia s top diplomat also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to start seeking a lasting solution to the territorial dispute.

“Azerbaijan and Armenia begin substantive negotiations with the purpose of achieving a peaceful settlement as soon as possible,” Lavrov told reporters, adding that such talks will be mediated by the Minsk Group of international negotiators.

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