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Humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh region to take effect Monday -- joint statement

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-10-26 05:31

Photo taken on Sept 29, 2020 shows a man walking by a house damaged during clashes in the Tartar district bordering the Nagorno-Karabakh region. [Photo/Xinhua]

WASHINGTON - A humanitarian ceasefire will take effect on Monday in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a joint statement from the US State Department and the two governments said on Sunday.

The ceasefire will take effect at 8:00 am local time (0400 GMT) on Oct 26, 2020, according to the statement.

Visiting foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun on Saturday and reaffirmed their countries' commitment to implement and abide by the humanitarian ceasefire agreed earlier this month, the statement said.

A new round of armed conflict broke out on Sept 27 along the contact line of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, although there have been minor sporadic clashes.

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