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    Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan Call for Urgent Settlement of Karabakh Conflict

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    Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan call for an urgent settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the tree countries' foreign ministers said in a joint statement Tuesday.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — A bilateral agreement on a ceasefire is being prepared at the meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh in Vienna.

    "We call for an early settlement of the Karabakh conflict, based on the need for peace in the region, respect for sovereignty and internationally recognized borders. We underline the need for a peaceful settlement of the conflict," the statement reads.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a bilateral ceasefire along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, which came into force at noon local time on April 5.

    Soon after the ceasefire announcement, head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) representation in Moscow Albert Andryan said that NKR demands recognition and an agreement that would guarantee that hostilities in the area do not resume.

    He also stated that the republic will never agree to wide autonomy while remaining part of Azerbaijan.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan declared a dramatic escalation of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on April 2. Baku and Yerevan traded blame for breaching the truce in the conflict and reported heavy fighting in the area.

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