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.”
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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