Relative Calm Returns to Karabakh: Armenians, Azerbaijanis confirm ceasefire

After several days of fierce fighting Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian authorities and Azerbaijan have agreed on a bilateral ceasefire along the line of contact, which came into force at noon on April 5.

Senor Hasratyan, a spokesman for the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army, told Armenian media that the cessation of hostilities followed successful operations by the Armenian military to regain control of the lost ground. He did not elaborate.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also confirmed the ceasefire, stating that all hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh ceased at noon sharp.

A bilateral agreement on a ceasefire is being reportedly prepared at the meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh in Vienna, Austria, today.

Armenian-Azerbaijani clashes erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh early on April 2 and raged for more than three days, with both sides reporting casualties among military personnel and civilians.

Leading world powers and international agencies, including Russia, the United States, France, Iran, China, the European Union, NATO and others have called for an immediate end to bloodshed in the conflict zone.