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Agreement on ceasefire


Azerbaijan's late President Heydar Aliyev considered the necessity of signing of the ceasefire agreement in order to strengthen the stability in the country, to accelerate development in all spheres and began to make serious efforts in this direction. Finally, a result of intense efforts of the Head of state on May 12, 1994 the cease-fire agreement was signed. Finally, as a result of his intensive efforts on May 12, 1994 the cease-fire agreement was signed.

A brief history of the cease-fire
On May 4, 1994 in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the meeting of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly the negotiations on cease fire in the Garabagh conflict were started. At negotiations initiated with mediation Azerbaijan was represented by Vice Speaker Afiyaddin Jalilov, Armenia by Speaker of the parliament of Armenia Babken Ararksyan. In the cease-fire document, prepared by Russian representative of the OSCE Minsk Group Vladimir Kazimirov the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh has been marked as a separate party. Therefore, it is natural that the Azerbaijani side refused to sign it.
On May 8, 1994, "Bishkek Protocol" brought to Baku by the Russian representative of the OSCE Minsk group V. Kazimirov, was signed by Azerbaijan.
On May 12, 1994 ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan "Bishkek protocol" came into force. Chairmen of the Parliament of Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as leaders of Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh put signatures to the document.
Azerbaijani side had signed the document only with two additions..
In Paragraph 5 of the Protocol "the captured territories" was replaced with “occupied territories" and the observers to be placed on the front line after ceasefire was named "mission of international observers".
According to the document, the parties had to sign "Great peace agreement" with the international mediation as soon as possible.

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