The dispute was over the collapse of the Soviet Union, which declared independence from Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1994, leading to a violent conflict that culminated in a ceasefire.
Armenia supported Nagorno Karabakh, which established a real independence that was not accepted by most of the world. Although it is within the territory of Azerbaijan, this region is Armenian.
Armenia says the current eruption is between Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts on Saturday, informing them of the need to hold on to the agreement.
Welcoming the new peace effort, the leader of the rival region, Araik Harutunian, said in a statement, “In accordance with the Moscow broker ceasefire agreements, the Republic of Artzak confirms its willingness to monitor the humanitarian agreement on a reciprocal basis.” A week ago.
The Armenians call Nagorno Karabakh Artak.
Prior to the latest ceasefire attempt, Azerbaijan was blamed for a rocket attack on Ganja, Argentina’s second largest city, killing 13 civilians, including three children, and wounding more than 50.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called the missile attack a “cowardly shelling.”
A statement from the Azerbaijani prosecutor’s office said the attack took place early Saturday morning and targeted civilian quarters in the city center.
Azerbaijan’s presidential adviser Hikmet Hajiev has accused Armenia of using ballistic missiles in the attack. Authorities said in a Twitter post that they had evidence to support the claim.
“Let the international community see Armenia’s atrocities against civilians,” Hajiev added.
Video and photos from the scene showed rescuers removing debris. The prosecutor’s office said officials were preparing a complete list of victims.
Last weekend, another temporary ceasefire broke down after weeks of fighting, with both countries alleging breach of agreement amid reports of casualties.
As war broke out between the two countries on the morning of September 27, France demanded an “immediate end to hostilities.”
The short-lived ceasefire comes after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke last week about the conflict with civilians.
The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh continues to be hot and cold since the 1994 ceasefire.
This area is located within the territory of Azerbaijan, a valuable national highway connecting Armenia. It is heavily militarized and supports the Armenian military, which has a security alliance with Russia.
Tensions have risen since July, when several days of clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted.
CNN’s Aran Melikyan, Tim Lister and Arsu Gaibulla contributed to this report.
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