Armenia, Azerbaijan agree for ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire from noon Saturday and to begin “substantive talks” over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced after marathon discussions held in Moscow.

Speaking after 11 hours of talks between the foreign ministers of arch-enemies Armenia and Azerbaijan, Lavrov announced the fighting sides accepted on a ceasefire from “12 hours 00 minutes on October 10 on humanitarian grounds.”

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

Through the ceasefire — negotiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross — the participants will exchange dead bodies and prisoners, Lavrov said, reading from a statement.

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

Russia’s top diplomat also said that Armenia and Azerbaijan allowed to start seeking a permanent solution to the territorial conflict.

“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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