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UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal

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The U.N. says Libya’s rivals kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a cease-fire agreement they inked over two months ago in GenevaBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressDecember 26, 2020, 10:03 AM• 2 min readCAIRO -- Libya’s rivals kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a cease-fire agreement they inked over two months ago in Geneva, the United Nations and Libyan officials said.The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place Friday in the southwestern village of al-Shwayrif, according to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL.Libya is split between a U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, to the west of the North African country, and rival authorities based in the east. The two side...
UN chief vows to do utmost to keep Western Sahara cease-fire

UN chief vows to do utmost to keep Western Sahara cease-fire

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UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ramped up efforts Friday to try to get Morocco and pro-independence supporters in disputed Western Sahara to step back from a renewed flare up of fighting, warning that the clashes could rupture a nearly 30-year cease-fire and have “grave consequences.”In recent days, Guterres and other U.N. officials have been working the phones and been involved in “multiple initiatives to avoid an escalation” -- so far unsuccessfully, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.But “the secretary-general remains committed to doing his utmost to avoid the collapse of the cease-fire that has been in place since Sept. 6, 1991 and he is determined to do everything possible to remove all obstacles to the resumption of the peace process,” Dujarric said.The M...
Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations of violating new cease-fire

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations of violating new cease-fire

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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan accused the other of breaching a humanitarian cease-fire within minutes of it going into effect. A spokeswoman for Armenia's Ministry of Defense accused Azerbaijan of resuming shelling and firing artillery at 12:04 a.m. Sunday while Azerbaijan said Armenia started firing on Jabrayil city at 12:02 a.m. Advertisement "The gross violation of the humanitarian cease-fire by Armenia, already for the second time after its formal declaration demonstrates the continuation of the aggressive policy of Armenia against Azerbaijan and its reluctance to the negotiated settlement of the conflict," the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. "It is also an open disrespect by Armenia to the efforts of the mediators." Armenia's F...
Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a new temporary ceasefire agreement beginning on midnight Sunday after military skirmishes and bombing of civilians escalated the conflict between the two countries. "The Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia have agreed to a humanitarian truce," Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry said a written statement on Saturday, as reported by the Azerbaijan-based Anadolu news agency. Advertisement Diplomats from both sides have been negotiating a ceasefire in Moscow, as part of the so-called OSCE Minsk Group made up of government officials from Russia, France and the United States. But so far, attempts to negotiate peacefully have not held. Tensions escalated Saturday in the conflict after shelling destroyed homes and kill...
Armenia, Azerbaijan announce new attempt at cease-fire

Armenia, Azerbaijan announce new attempt at cease-fire

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have announced a new attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from midnightBy AIDA SULTANOVA Associated PressOctober 17, 2020, 9:34 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBAKU, Azerbaijan -- Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday announced a new attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from midnight, a move that comes a week after a Russia-brokered truce frayed immediately after it took force.The new agreement was announced following Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's calls with his counterparts from the two nations, in which he strongly urged them to abide by the Moscow deal. There were no immediate claims of violations after the truce took effect at midni...