Baku/Yerevan: The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Armenian forces had shelled villages in Terter and Lachin districts in violation of the armistice agreement agreed on Sunday.
The Ministry of Defense Nagorno-Karabakh said this was “misinformation”, saying that the Azeri forces launched a missile attack at the Armenian military position northeast of the contact line.
Meanwhile, the United States said on Sunday that a new humanitarian truce would take effect on Monday, even if a new battle between the two sides in the Azerbaijan-Armenian conflict over the territory of Nago Renault-Karabakh.
In a joint statement between the US State Department and the Azerbaijani and Armenian governments, the ceasefire will take effect on October 26 at 8 am local time (12 am EST), local time.
US President Donald Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to Azerbaijani President Aliyev for working with Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Fasinian. They agreed to adhere to the ceasefire, which takes effect at midnight. It will save many lives.”
The announcement came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompey O held a separate meeting with Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in Washington on Friday.
“The meeting was described as a “intensive discussion” on the beginning of a truce and dialogue on the core, with the participation of the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group to mediate disputes and led by France, Russia and the United States. Elements of a comprehensive solution.
The Minsk Group said the co-chair and the foreign minister had agreed to meet again in Geneva on 29 October.
A senior administrator was convinced that the armistice would continue. “The US leadership, supported by Russia and France, gives additional hope that the cease-fire will lead to a lasting peace settlement,” said Lee.
However, the eruption of a new battle that took place on Sunday and the collapse of two previous truces mediated by Russia have raised questions about the prospects for this new push to end the conflict.
Nago Renault-Karabakh, part of Azerbaijan, inhabited and controlled by the Armenian people.
The fight that took place on September 27 over the disputed territory soared to its worst level since the 1990s, when about 30,000 people died.
Local officials in Nagorno-Karabakh accused the Azeri army of firing artillery at settlements in the Askeran and Martuni regions during Sunday night. Azerbaijan said its position was attacked with small arms, mortars, tanks and howitzers.
Armenia accused Azeri forces of bombing civilian settlements. Baku said that if Armenian troops withdrew from the battlefield, they were ready to deny the killing of civilians and implement a ceasefire.
The Ministry of Defense in the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Sunday that it recorded another 11 casualties in the military, which increased the number of military deaths to 974.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused Armenia of bombing civilian bases and firing two ballistic missiles at Ganja in a meeting with defense officials on Sunday.
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian accused Baku of being “aggressively stubborn and destructive.”
World powers want to stop the wider war in Russia, which has signed defense agreements with Turkey and Armenia, which have expressed strong support for Azerbaijan.
Differences in the conflict further strained relations between Ankara and NATO allies, and Pompeo accused Turkey of promoting the conflict by arming the Azeri side. Ankara denies that it set fire to conflict.
In a comment reprinted by the Armenpress news agency, Sarkissian urged “global players” to intervene immediately to bring about a truce, and said Russia as a “trusted and active mediator” among the parties to the dispute.
Aliyev said it was “very dangerous” for Armenia to want Russian military assistance in the conflict and not allow third parties to intervene militarily.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks over the phone several times a day with leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and says the United States hopes that Moscow brokers can help resolve the dispute.
About 30,000 people died in the 1991-94 war with Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenians consider this territory to be part of their historic homeland. Azeris considers it an illegally occupied territory that must be returned to its control.