The flags of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the USA

The US Department of State announced it had facilitated a humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday. 

The Department of State released a US-Armenia-Azerbaijan joint statement on Sunday to announce the good news. 

The Department’s Deputy Secretary, Stephen E. Biegun, led the talk. 

According to the joint statement, the humanitarian ceasefire will take effect on Monday, at 8:00 in the morning. 

Furthermore, the joint statement is also a reaffirmation of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s commitment to an agreement early this month to abide by a humanitarian ceasefire.

A Call for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities

On October 1, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, an initiative to bring peace into the region, have released a joint statement. 

The US, Russia, and France co-chair the Minsk Group.

The statement condemns the “escalation of violence” in the “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.” 

The joint statement also calls for the “immediate cessation of hostilities” between Armenia and Azerbaijan’s military forces. 

Lastly, the statement urges the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to perform “without delay” “substantive negotiations” between them. 

An armed military personel with the flag of Armenia on his gun

Not Our Fault

A fight between Azerbaijan and Armenia broke out in September.

Both sides, however, pointed fingers at each other for escalating the fighting. 

According to an Al Jazeera report in September, Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of attacking Armenian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On the other hand, Azerbaijan said it had called a “counteroffensive” against Armenia’s combat activities to protect the population.

Opinion: Not Yet Something to Celebrate About

It’s not the first time the Minsk Group has tried to fix the conflict between the two countries. 

In fact, the Minsk Group has years of diplomatic meetings to bring peace to the region.

Moreover, the two have only agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire, which is good for the civilians of Nagorno-Karabakh, the ones most affected in this decades-long conflict.

However, the conflict is still there, and a more long-lasting solution is needed to end the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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