The controversy began with the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Nagorno Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan, sparking a violent conflict that culminated in a 1994 ceasefire.
Armenia supported Nagorno Karabakh, which promoted a de facto freedom that most in the world did not recognize. Although it sits within the territory of Azerbaijani, the region is inhabited and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
Armenia says the current outbreak is between Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
Russia̵7;s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts over the phone on Saturday to emphasize the need for the tire to be held, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
Arayik Harutyunyan, head of the disputed region, welcomed the new peace effort, saying in a statement, “The Republic of Artsakh confirms its readiness to observe humanitarian repeal on a scale,” in accordance with the ceasefire agreements. brokered by Moscow on Saturday and a week
Nagorno Karabakh is called Artsakh by the Armenians.
Prior to Saturday’s latest ceasefire test, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a rocket attack against its second-largest city, Ganja, which killed at least 13 civilians – including three children – and wounded more than 50 others.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called the missile strike “a cowardly shot” that “will not break the will of the Azerbaijani people.”
The attack took place early Saturday morning and targeted civilians living in the central part of the city, according to a statement from the Azerbaijani prosecutor’s office.
Azerbaijani presidential adviser Hikmet Hajiyev has accused Armenia of using ballistic missiles in the attack and said authorities had evidence to support the claim, according to a Twitter post.
“Let the international community see Armenia’s barbaric actions against civilians,” Hajiyev added.
Shows video and photos from the scene rescuing workers rescuing crushed rocks to reach the survivors. The prosecutor’s office said officials had included a complete list of victims.
Last weekend, another temporary ceasefire erupted after last week’s fighting, with the two countries alleging breach of agreement amid reports of casualties.
France has called for an “immediate end to the conflict” since the outbreak of hostilities between the nations on the morning of September 27.
Last week’s brief ceasefire came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the suffering caused by the civilian conflict.
The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute has been running hot and cold since the 1994 ceasefire.
The region lies within the territory of Azerbaijan, which is connected to Armenia well by an expensive highway. Its militarization is strong and its forces are backed by Armenia, which has a security alliance with Russia.
Tensions have risen since July, with several days of clashes rocking the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
CNN’s Aren Melikyan, Tim Lister and Arzu Geybulla contributed to this report.