Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiated a ceasefire to end a flare-up of fighting that has killed 155 soldiers from both sides, a senior Armenian official said early on Thursday.

Iran PressAsia: Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-old dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. 

Armenia and Azerbaijan have reached a ceasefire agreement from 8 pm local time on Wednesday through “the mediation of the international community,” the Secretary of Armenia’s Security Council Armen Grigoryan announced in an interview with Public TV.

Armen Grigoryan, the secretary of Armenia’s Security Council, announced the truce in televised remarks, saying it took effect five hours earlier, at 8 pm local time on Wednesday.

A previous ceasefire that Russia brokered on Tuesday quickly failed.

The truce announcement followed two days of heavy fighting that marked the largest outbreak of hostilities between the two longtime adversaries in nearly two years.

Lengthy sections of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border have seen intense shelling since shortly after midnight Tuesday when Azerbaijan began launching strikes on a number of towns and villages in Armenia’s east and south. 219

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