Nagorno-Karabakh army self-propelled artillery vehicles stand on positions in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)
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Azerbaijani and Armenian forces Wednesday said they were largely observing a truce that halted four days of clashes which claimed scores of lives in the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.Azerbaijan's defense ministry said its forces were "strictly abiding by the ceasefire agreement" that was hammered out on Tuesday by the Azerbaijani and Armenian army chiefs during a meeting in Moscow.The fragile truce comes after at least 75 people were reported killed as the festering dispute over the territory -- which was captured from Azerbaijan by Armenian separatists in an early 1990s war -- escalated dramatically on Friday, sparking international concern.Azerbaijan's army claimed to have snatched control of several strategic locations inside Armenian-controlled territory, effectively changing the frontline for the first time since an inconclusive truce ended the war in 1994 . The sides have never signed a peace deal despite the 1994 ceasefire and sporadic violence on the line of contact regularly claims the lives of soldiers on both sides.
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