20 Sep 2023 12:13

Agreement reached to stop hostilities in Karabakh from 1 p.m. on Sept 20 - Stepanakert

YEREVAN. Sept 20 (Interfax) - Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh ended at noon Moscow time on Wednesday with the mediation of the Russian peacekeeping contingent's command, the unified information center of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) said.

"It has been agreed to fully cease the hostilities from 1 p.m. [12 p.m. Moscow time] on September 20, 2023, with the mediation of the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh," the statement said.

"It was also agreed to pull out the remaining detachments and troops of the Armenian Armed Forces from the zone of deployment of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, to disband and fully disarm armed units of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army, and pull out heavy hardware and weapons from the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh for the sake of their soonest possible disposal," it said.

"The questions raised by the Azerbaijani side with regard to reintegration, ensuring the rights and security of Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians, and maintaining the daily life of Nagorno-Karabakh's population consistent with the Azerbaijani constitution will be discussed, as agreed, at a meeting between representatives of the local Armenian community and Azerbaijan's central authorities in Yevlakh on September 21, 2023, and at further meetings," the information center said.