Armenia says Karabakh forces quit town as U.S.-backed ceasefire appears to fail

Armenia says Karabakh forces quit town as U.S.-backed ceasefire appears to fail

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Both sides accused each other of striking targets outside Nagorno-Karabakh itself in defiance of a truce brokered by Pompeo at the weekend.

Pompeo spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and “pressed the leaders to abide by their commitments to cease hostilities and pursue a diplomatic solution”, the State Department said.

Armenian Defence Ministry official Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in a news conference that ethnic Armenian forces had given up the settlement of Gubadli south of Nagorno-Karabakh “to avoid unnecessary losses”, but the situation was “not critical”.

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