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Nagorno-Karabakh accuses Azerbaijan of using truce talks to ready military action

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Nagorno-Karabakh’s foreign ministry on Saturday accused Azerbaijan of using ceasefire talks as cover to ready military action, as all sides accused each other of violating a Russian-brokered truce.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said the only way to achieve real peace would be for the international community to recognise the enclave as an independent republic.

The enclave is internationally-recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians who do not want anything to do with the Azeri government.

Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of swiftly violating the terms of the ceasefire on Saturday, raising questions about how meaningful the truce, brokered by Russia, would turn out to be.

Reporting by Nvard Hovhannisyan; Editing by Andrew Osborn