Azerbaijan, Armenia reinstate cease-fire

Authorities agree on exchanging of bodies following clashes in occupied Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Armenia reinstate cease-fire

World Bulletin / News Desk

Azerbaijan and Armenian forces have agreed on an exchange of bodies of those killed in recent clashes on the borders of occupied Karabakh, officials said.

In a statement released late Thursday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said both sides had agreed to reinstate a cease-fire so the remains of soldiers could be exchanged through the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the International Red Cross.

Fighting over the past week has seen 271 military personnel killed according to the ministry - 31 Azerbaijanis and 240 Armenians.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan announced a unilateral suspension of operations, having reclaimed land occupied by Armenian forces.

Karabakh was seized by ethnic Armenian separatists in the early 1990s before a peace deal in 1994. The enclave is internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2016, 14:32
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