Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire along border

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Allazh Khasbulatov says unannounced ceasefires have been agreed in the most recent skirmishes

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed a ceasefire along the border for the third day in a row, an Armenian Defence Ministry official said on Friday.

Allazh Khasbulatov, director of the ministry’s press service, did not specify whether the ceasefire was agreed by defence chiefs of the two countries or in coordination with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Thursday’s truce was the longest since fighting between the two neighbours first broke out in April.

In July 2015, the two countries agreed to a joint demarcation line based on a ceasefire negotiated in 1994. The OSCE office in both countries confirms to Reuters there have been recent truces.

Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia has fought two wars with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region in Azerbaijan’s south-east that is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians.

A ceasefire was declared in 1994 but sporadic fighting continues along the line of contact and in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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