October 10, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to ceasefire

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The Gist

The two countries negotiated a limited cease-fire after two weeks of fierce fighting over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The List

  • The ceasefire was brokered by Russia,  the goal of it is to pause combat long enough to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed.
  • Armenia said 376 of its soldiers have been killed, Azerbaijan did not disclose its losses - the UN estimates 58 civilian casualties.
  • The territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, however, it is populated and controlled by Armenians. 
  • The fighting in the territory commenced last month - it is the worst outbreak since the 1994 Nagorno-Karabakh war that killed 30,000. 
  • Moments after the ceasefire took force, Armenia and Azerbaijan began to trade blame for breaking the truce, thus putting the deal at risk. 

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