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Azerbaijan announces an end to fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan announces an end to fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh
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Azerbaijan said on Sunday (April 3) it would end fighting with Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region after two days of clashes which have killed dozens.

“Having taken into account …appeals from international organisations, Azerbaijan has decided to unilaterally cease retaliatory military actions and will consolidate yesterday’s territory gains,” RIA news agency quoted the Azeri Defence Ministry as saying.

Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians. It has run its own affairs with heavy military and financial backing from Armenia since a separatist war ended in 1994.

Armenia denounced the ceasefire announcement as hollow and said violence was continuing.

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