Nagorno-Karabakh: Locals sceptical of ceasefire as Stepanakert streets nearly deserted

Residents of Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh's largest city, viewed the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region with doubt on Saturday. «We don't believe this, it looks very suspicious because Azerbaijan and Turkey plan to exterminate the Armenians in this land. That's why we have no trust in what they say and particularly in the current developments. The cease-fire looks very suspicious to us,» said one whose sentiments was reflected by another. «There was a ceasefire before that as well but they started again. Everyone has to know what Erdogan wants. He wants to control the whole Caucasus.» Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire from midday (local time; 08:00 GMT) on October 10, and plan to start negotiations over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of the Nagorno-Karabakh disputed region broke out on September 27 when sides of the conflict exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since the 1994 ceasefire, with both sides blaming each other for the escalation amid rising casualty figures.

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