YEREVAN (Al-Jazeera) — Armenia and Azerbaijan have negotiated a ceasefire to end a sudden resurgence of fighting that has killed 155 soldiers from both sides, according to a senior Armenian official.
Armen Grigoryan, the secretary of Armenia’s Security Council, announced the truce in televised remarks, saying it had taken effect hours earlier, at 8pm local time (16:00 GMT) on Wednesday, September 15. A previous ceasefire that Russia brokered on Tuesday quickly failed.
Several hours before Grigoryan’s announcement, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said that shelling had stopped but did not mention any ceasefire agreement.
There was no word from Azerbaijan about the deal.
The ceasefire declaration followed two days of heavy fighting that marked the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two longtime adversaries in nearly two years.
Late on Wednesday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, accusing Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of betraying his country by trying to appease Azerbaijan and demanding his resignation.