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The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen E. Biegun, and Minister for European and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian – welcome the cessation of military activities in the area of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the statement by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and President of the Russian Federation from November 9, 2020.

The Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group call upon Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue implementing their obligations entirely under the November 9 statement in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts, as well as their previous ceasefire commitments. The Co-Chair countries highlight the significance of the Russian Federation's measures, in agreement with Azerbaijan and Armenia, to guarantee the non-renewal of hostilities. They also call for the full and prompt departure from the region of all foreign mercenaries, and call upon all parties to facilitate this departure.

The Co-Chair countries remind Armenia and Azerbaijan of their obligation to comply with the requirements of international humanitarian law, in particular with regard to the exchange of prisoners of war and the repatriation of remains. They underline the importance of guaranteeing conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of people displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including during the recent hostilities. They underscore the importance of protecting historical and religious heritage in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. The Co-Chair countries call on Azerbaijan and Armenia to cooperate fully with the relevant international organizations to implement their obligations in these areas and ensure humanitarian access.

The Co-Chair countries appeal to the international community, including ICRC, UN institutions, and other appropriate structures and OSCE Minsk Group individual countries to take concrete steps to improve the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas in a coordinated way. The Co-Chairs also reiterated their strong support for the continuing work of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office (PRCiO) and his team.

The Co-Chair countries urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to take advantage of the current ceasefire to negotiate a lasting and sustainable peace agreement under the Co-Chairs' auspices. In that context, the Co-Chair countries urge the parties to receive the Co-Chairs in the region at the earliest opportunity and commit to substantive negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues according to an agreed timetable.

The Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group recall their firm commitment to the non-use or threat of force to settle disputes. They reiterate their consistent and united position in favor of a negotiated, comprehensive, and sustainable settlement of all remaining core substantive issues of the conflict in line with the basic principles and elements well-known to Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Co-Chair countries remain fully committed to pursuing this objective in line with their long-standing efforts to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

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Azerbaijan confirms 402 new Covid cases, 15 died

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Azerbaijan recorded 402 new coronavirus cases, Task Force under the Cabinet of Ministers told Report.

As many as 650people recovered from the infection, while 15patients lost their lives over the past day.

So far, 226,951 people have contracted COVID-19 in Azerbaijan, 214,423 have recovered, while 2,998 died. At present, 9,530 people are receiving treatment.

Azerbaijan has conducted 2,311,417 coronavirus tests over the past period, including 8,574 today.

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Belarus FM, Azerbaijani ambassador moot development of bilateral ties

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei met with Azerbaijani Ambassador Latif Gandilov on January 15. Report informs that press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA.

The parties discussed the schedule of upcoming bilateral visits at the highest and high levels.

Special consideration was given to trade and economic cooperation and its results in 2020. The parties exchanged information on the measures taken in the two countries to counter the spread of COVID-19.

The agenda of cooperation of the ministries of foreign affairs for 2021, including cooperation in international organizations, was also reviewed.

The parties also outlined the steps to further develop Belarus-Azerbaijan strategic cooperation in the political, trade, economic, and humanitarian areas.

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Footage from Shelli village of Aghdam region

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Defense Ministry has released a video footage of the Shelli village of the Aghdam region.

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