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ROCKET HITS NAGORNO-KARABAKH JUST BEFORE U.N. ENVOY ARRIVES

A rocket struck the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, minutes before U.N. envoy Cyrus Vance arrived and held talks with leaders of the disputed region, a witness said.

It was the first reported violation of the Iranian-brokered, weeklong cease-fire that took effect at noon in the mostly Armenian enclave that is under Azerbaijani control.Armen Isagulov, the head of Nagorno-Karabakh's Interior Department, also said Stepanakert had been shelled from Shusha, the last Azerbaijani stronghold in Nagorno-Karabakh, as were the villages of Shosh and Karintag.

A spokesman for the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry in the capital, Baku, accused Armenia of breaking the cease-fire, but the truce seemed to be holding elsewhere.

Vance, his aides, and reporters made their way into this largely destroyed city in three armored personnel carriers flying U.N. flags just 90 minutes after the cease-fire went into effect.