Sun, 29 Nov 2020

YEREVAN/BAKU -- Talks between the top diplomats of Azerbaijan and Armenia and international mediators have begun in Geneva as the parties look for a deal strong enough to bring a halt to fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh after three previous cease-fires failed.

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian opened the session on October 30, meeting with the Minsk Group mediation co-chairs - Russia, France and the United States -- before his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ceyhun Bayramov, holds a separate session with the international diplomats.

It was not clear whether Mnatsakanian and Bayramov would meet face-to-face.

The talks were supposed to take place a day earlier but were delayed when fighting once again spiked in Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory recognized as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians, as well as surrounding areas controlled by Armenian forces.

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