Azerbaijani missiles hit Karabakh capital ahead of ceasefire:
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree ceasefire to exchange bodies and prisoners
With marathon consultations between Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, it has been decided to establish ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone from 12:00 on October 10.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the announcement after about ten hours of consultations with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire from noon Saturday and to begin “substantive talks” over Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after marathon negotiations in Moscow.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to AFP that the ceasefire would begin from noon Saturday.
During the ceasefire mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross the parties will exchange dead bodies and prisoners, Lavrov said, reading from a statement.
“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.
More than 300 people have been killed and thousands displaced since the latest violence in the long-running conflict broke out on 27 September.
The hostilities will be halted from midday local time on Saturday, to allow an exchange of prisoners and the recovery of dead bodies.