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Azerbaijan announces ceasefire in breakaway region

Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 01:00

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev announces a unilateral ceasefire with Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but accuses Armenia of violating international law in the fighting and says his country will strengthen its army. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Azerbaijan says it will stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Two days of renewed clashes in the region have killed dozens and drawn international calls for an immediate ceasefire. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said: "Armenia has violated all the norms of international law. We won't abandon our principal position, but at the same time we are observing the ceasefire and after that we will try to solve the conflict peacefully. At the same time, we will strengthen our army." Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians. "We are fighting on our own territory," Aliyev said. "If an Armenian soldier does not want to die, then let them get off Azerbaijani territory. I have said that many times and I want to repeat it now." Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed forces accuse each other of violating a 1994 ceasefire that was brokered after fierce fighting in the breakaway region left some 30,000 people dead.

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Azerbaijan announces ceasefire in breakaway region

Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 01:00