Foreign powers push for Armenia and Azerbaijan ceasefire

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The Swiss city of Geneva will today host the first round of talks aimed at convincing the Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia to agree on a ceasefire to the ongoing war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The two sides have not reached a lasting diplomatic commitment since a battle that ended in an agreed ceasefire in 1994 – one in which over 30,000 people were killed. This left the possibility of renewed fighting down the line. The conflict reignited last week when both territories accused each other of unprovoked attacks – these clashes have but only intensified.

French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian says that the talks will continue in Moscow on Monday without any preconditions. These talks are being organised by France, Russia and the United States, who make up the three co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The Group was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the Karabakh conflict but to no avail.

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