Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Russian authorities announced last night the implementation of a ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh. We have taken note of the agreement and are looking at the terms and implications. Clarifications are expected to assess their effects. «Going into a peacekeeping operation without a political process that could bring about a peace agreement actually means that you are there forever,» he said. «What was created today is a naturally unstable situation. This peacekeeping contingent will be vulnerable to provocation. The co-chairs urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to use the current ceasefire to negotiate a lasting and lasting peace agreement under the aegis of the co-chairs. In this context, the co-chairs urge the parties to receive the region`s co-chairs as soon as possible and to commit to substantive negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues, in accordance with an agreed timetable. At the same time, the OSCE Presidents urged the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents to resolve the few remaining differences between them and to conclude their agreement on these fundamental principles, which open a comprehensive settlement. «The idea was to let the Azeris win, but not completely,» Lukyanov said. As part of the agreement, Azerbaijan will retain control of the country it conquered during the war and will take over territory outside Nagorno-Karabakh under The control of Armenia. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to fully implement their obligations under the 9 November declaration in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts, as well as their previous ceasefire commitments. The co-chairs stress the importance of the measures taken by the Russian Federation in agreement with Azerbaijan and Armenia to ensure the non-renewal of hostilities.
They also call for the total and immediate abandonment of all foreign mercenaries in the region and call on all parties to facilitate this departure. Already on Tuesday, there were signs that both sides had opposed the peace treaty. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said Russian and Turkish peacekeepers would be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh, which shocked many Armenians. Russia intervened quickly, stressing that Turkey was not an official partner in the peace agreement. The first Nagorno-Karabakh war ended with a ceasefire agreement (the Bchkek Protocol) between the warring parties, which came into force on 12 May 1994. Since the ceasefire until March 2016, Azerbaijan and Armenia have jointly reported 7,000 ceasefire violations;   In 2015, more than 100 ceasefire violations were reported and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed.