U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, gestures next to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan during a bilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016. (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)
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The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed Monday on the need for a cease-fire and a peaceful settlement to the conflict in breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh, according to a joint statement by the United States, France and Russia.The Vienna meeting was the first between Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev since a dramatic flare-up in violence between Armenian-backed separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces last month which killed dozens of people and pushed relations to a multi-year low.The existing cease-fire may have stopped the short conflict becoming an all-out war a month ago, but gunfire and shelling still echo nightly, residents say, and people are still being killed. The war ended with a truce in 1994, although there has been sporadic violence since.
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