Azerbaijan and Armenian fighters reach ceasefire after 64 killed

Azerbaijan and Armenian fighters reach ceasefire after 64 killed

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Mobile artillery units of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh hold a position outside the settlement of Hadrut, not far from the Iranian border.
Agence France-Presse

Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorny Karabakh say they have stopped fighting after four days of bloodshed, as international powers scramble to resolve the worst violence in decades over the disputed region. 

Armenian and Azeri forces said they had agreed a ceasefire deal on Tuesday after clashes since Friday left at least 64 people dead and sparked international  pressure to halt the violence.


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An photographer in the frontline Azeri town of Terter said both sides  appeared to have stopped shelling on Tuesday afternoon after a night of sporadic artillery fire across the front.

The truce comes after Azerbaijan's army claimed to have snatched control of several strategic locations inside Armenian-controlled territory, effectively changing the frontline for the first time since an inconclusive truce ended a  war in 1994.

Both sides accused each other of starting the latest outbreak of violence  and it has sparked concern of a wider conflict in the region that could drag in  key power brokers Russia and Turkey.  
 

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