A ceasefire has been agreed within the Nagorno-Karabakh area after dozens died in shelling, in response to Azerbaijan and ethnic-Armenian officers.
Azerbaijan deployed troops and launched strikes on Tuesday in what it known as an “anti-terrorist” army operation after months of stress.
Earlier on Wednesday, it mentioned the offensive was persevering with however a subsequent assertion recommended it was over.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry mentioned Armenian separatist forces had agreed to “lay down their weapons, abandon fight positions and army posts and utterly disarm”.
The weapons have been being handed over to the military, it added.
The deal was on account of take impact at 1pm native time (10am UK time) and talks between the edges on “reintegrating” the area into Azerbaijan are due on Thursday.
Russian peacekeepers brokered the ceasefire, which units out the withdrawal of Armenian army items and the disarming of native defence forces, mentioned regional authorities.
“The authorities of the Republic of Artsakh settle for the proposal from the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent to ceasefire,” they mentioned in a press release.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed space surrounded by territory largely held by Azerbaijan, and has been a flashpoint for the reason that finish of the USSR.
Greater than 6,000 folks died in a conflict three years in the past which noticed Azerbaijan regain components of the area and surrounding territories that had been beneath Armenian management since 1994.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s human rights ombudsman, Geghan Stepanyan, mentioned on Wednesday a minimum of 32 folks, together with seven civilians, had been killed and greater than 200 wounded within the newest offensive.
Artillery, plane and drones have been reportedly used.
Azerbaijan mentioned it used “high-precision weapons” to destroy army gear and weaponry – and that solely army websites have been focused.
Nevertheless, photographs confirmed store home windows blown and vehicles peppered with shrapnel on the streets of the regional capital Stepanakert.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had urged Russian peacekeepers do extra and mentioned Nagorno-Karabakh was being attacked in an try to begin a conflict.
Azerbaijan mentioned it launched its offensive hours after 4 troopers and two civilians have been allegedly killed in landmine explosions within the mountainous area – residence to about 120,000 folks.
Armenia denied its troops or weapons have been within the area and mentioned claims of landmines and sabotage have been unfaithful.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken had urged Azerbaijan to “instantly stop army actions” in telephone calls to each side, mentioned America’s state division.
It mentioned Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, had “expressed readiness” to cease the offensive and that Mr Blinken had advised Armenia it had Washington’s full backing.
Russia’s international ministry additionally urged each side to honour the phrases of a 2020 ceasefire deal that included an armistice.
“We urge the conflicting events to instantly cease the bloodshed, cease hostilities and eradicate civilian casualties,” it mentioned on the Telegram app.
The UN and EU additionally known as for the combating to cease.
There are fears a battle within the area might destabilise the South Caucasus – a area the place the US, Russia, Turkey and Iran are vying for affect.
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There have been additionally clashes on Tuesday between police and a whole lot of protesters who wished Mr Pashinyan to defend the ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.
A minimum of 34 folks – 16 policemen and 18 civilians – have been injured within the unrest, Armenia’s well being ministry mentioned.