Earlier today, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to renew the previously settled ceasefire over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, a region otherwise claimed by both parties.
The deal was brokered after a meeting on neutral ground (Vienna) with the foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and France.
The long-frozen conflict in the disputed enclave erupted into fierce fighting in April in clashes that left at least 110 people dead and sparked fears of open warfare.
Seeking to nip the renewed conflict in the bud, the so-called “Minsk Group” of Russia, France and the United States invited the two leaders to the Austrian capital for their first face-to-face meeting since hostilities resumed.
“The presidents reiterated their commitment to the ceasefire and the peaceful settlement of the conflict,” according to a joint statement released after the talks.
“The presidents agreed on a next round of talks, to be held in June at a place to be mutually agreed, with an aim to resuming negotiations on a comprehensive settlement.”
The parties also agreed to beef up the ceasefire monitoring mission run by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which presently has only six observers on the tense frontline which is littered by artillery units on both sides.