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At least three people were killed as mortar shells landed on civilian areas, artillery rounds landed on Armenian-annexed Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) as the Azerbaijani Armed Forces shelled Armenian positions during combat, the Armenian Defense Ministry said.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Thursday night on the ceasefire on a significant portion of the frontline as an initiative of the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Reuters reported, citing a statement by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan.
The two leaders are expected to meet in the capital of the North Caucasus republic of Russia, in the Russian resort city of Sochi, at the weekend to discuss conflicts in their region.
“Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed to implement six ceasefire monitoring formats simultaneously, and under the framework framework, four this will be taken place in these directions, one in this direction, but there are still remaining one location (in Nagorno-Karabakh) where a meeting will be held in 20 days, and the situation will be discussed there, and also the meeting between the defense ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan will be held in 20 days at the Sochi meeting. All participating states in all formats have agreed to consider the issue of establishing a trilateral meetings, and all participants will meet in 20 days at this venue,” the statement said.
According to the statement, President Sargsyan told President Aliyev that military and political will will be pursued actively in the next round of negotiations to resolve the conflict and promised that Armenia will not violate ceasefire and abandon dialogue.