KAZAN, Russia — Azerbaijan and Armenia have reached a cease-fire agreement for Nagorno-Karabakh that will prevent a third war in the disputed region since the end of the last one in 1994.
The agreement, signed in the Russian city of Kazan on Saturday, was worked out after 18 hours of diplomacy between the two countries’ leaders.
“Such a constructive approach is the only and best way to bring the conflict to a lasting, permanent and uninterrupted peace,” President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said after the signing.
Azerbaijan, a South Caucasus country, and Armenia, an Armenian territory on the region’s southeastern border, fought a war over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave inhabited by ethnic Armenians, in the early 1990s. Twenty years later, the bloody conflict over the mountainous region persists, with the sides still at odds over Nagorno-Karabakh’s status.
Razvan, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, was quiet Saturday morning, but Azerbaijan appeared to be preparing for an attack. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said late Friday night that Azeri troops and armored vehicles had begun moving along the border with Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s military said they were preparing for an attack, while Azeri officials warned against any militant activity or provocation.