The humanitarian truce in Nagorno-Karabakh will take effect on the morning of October 26, the U.S. State Department said.
“Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov met with the U.S. First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan on October 24 and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to implementing and observing the humanitarian ceasefire agreed in Moscow on October 10. The humanitarian ceasefire between the parties will take effect at 08:00 local time (07:00 Moscow time) on 26 October 2020,” the State Department said in a statement.
Earlier Armenia and Azerbaijan made an attempt to conclude a truce on the night of October 10 during consultations in Moscow. As a result of the meeting, Baku and Yerevan agreed on a ceasefire from October 10, but almost immediately the parties started accusing each other of violation of agreements. On October 18 the sides tried again to organize a humanitarian truce and the second attempt also failed.
On September 27 Azerbaijan started intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, passing to the offensive along the whole line of contact in the zone of Karabakh conflict. Martial law has been introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization has been announced.