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Azerbaijan's president calls on Armenia to return land for peace

Exclusive: Aliyev says cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh has 'failed'

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said Armenians "must make a strong commitment that they will liberate" the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh in an interview with Nikkei. (Photo courtesy of the presidency)

BAKU -- A cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the contested Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh has failed and Armenia should promise to return occupied territory so peace negotiations can begin, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said Wednesday.

"Attempts to achieve a ceasefire failed because two minutes after the ceasefire had started, they violated and attacked our peaceful cities," Aliyev told Nikkei in an exclusive interview. "They violated the cease-fire and a ceasefire cannot be achieved unilaterally."

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