Fragile truce holds in Karabakh after deadly clashes

Armenian separatist forces guard Hadrut -- a settlement inside the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region -- close to the border with IranLala-Tepe heights (Azerbaijan) (AFP) – Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Wednesday said they were largely observing a truce that halted four days of clashes which claimed scores of lives in the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. “The ceasefire was largely observed overnight along the Karabakh frontline,” said the Armenia-backed separatist defence ministry in Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry reported isolated firing from the Armenian side but said its forces were “strictly abiding by the ceasefire agreement” reached in Moscow on Tuesday by the army chiefs of the two former Soviet states.

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