Armenian Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan signs “painful” deal with leaders Azerbaijan And Russia will end the military conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after more than a month of bloodshed.
Tuesday morning’s announcement included six weeks of heavy fighting There are Azerbaijani forces Land lost in the conflict between the two countries in the 1990s, hundreds died and thousands of ethnic Armenians were forced to flee to Armenia.
Officials in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, said Monday that they had captured dozens more settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, a day after declaring victory in the battle of Shusha, the enclave’s second strategically second city.
“I made that decision based on an in-depth analysis of the combat situation and discussions with the best experts in the field.” Said on social media Early Tuesday morning.
“This is not a victory, but there is no defeat unless you consider yourself defeated. We will never feel defeated and this will be the new beginning of our era of national unity and rebirth.
The decision, which he described as “unbelievably painful for me and my people,” will take effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday (2100 GMT Monday), Pashinyan said.
Shortly after his announcement, thousands of people marched in the main square of the Armenian capital Yerevan to protest the agreement, with many saying, “We will not give up our land!”
Some of them entered the main government building and said that they were looking for Pashinyan, who had apparently left.
The agreement calls for Armenian forces to regain control of some areas outside the Nagorno-Karabakh border, including the eastern district of Aggam. It has the symbolic weight of Azerbaijan in the region, as its main city, also called Agdam, was completely stoned, and the only building left is the city’s mosque.
The Armenians will also turn to the Lachin region, which is the main route from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. The agreement calls for the road, the so-called Lachin Corridor, to remain open and protected by Russian peacekeepers.
In total, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers are to be deployed in the region under a five-year mandate.
The agreement also establishes transport links between Azerbaijan and its western region bordering Agnieszka, Armenia, Iran and Turkey.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev later confirmed the news in a televised online meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which includes a defense agreement with Armenia and a military base there. Turkey is backing its ally Azerbaijan.
“The signed tripartite statement will be the decisive issue for the settlement of the conflict.”
Putin said in a statement on Tuesday that he hoped the deal would “raise the necessary conditions for a long-term and full-scale settlement of the crisis on Nagorno-Karabakh.”
The leader of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Areik Harutyunyan, said on Facebook that he had agreed to “end the war as soon as possible.”
Earlier, Azerbaijan was told that its army had shot down a Russian military helicopter while flying over Armenia. The incident is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Nagorno-Karabakh, but Azerbaijan said it was a contributing factor to the war.
On September 27, fighting broke out over Nagorno-Karabakh. The area has been under the control of Armenian-backed ethnic Armenian forces since 1994.
Azerbaijan said on Sunday that it had captured Shushi, known to the army as Shushi, who sits on a mountain overlooking Steppenkart, the city considered the besieged capital by its ethnic Armenian administration.
Shushi’s position, just 10 km (six miles) from Stepnecart, offers strategic advantages to anyone who owns it. The city is also located along the main road connecting Stepanekart with Armenia. Long lines of vehicles jammed the region’s main thoroughfare on Sunday as Nagorno-Karabakh residents fled the fighting in Armenia.
“Unfortunately, we are forced to accept that a series of failures still plague us, and the city of Shushi is completely out of our control,” Vigram Pogosian, a spokesman for the president’s government in Nagorno-Karabakh, said in a statement. On Facebook. “The enemy is on the border of Stepnecart.”
Azerbaijan said it had recaptured much of the land in and around Nagorno-Karabakh that had been lost in the 1991-94 fighting over the region that killed an estimated 30,000 people and forced many to flee their homes. Armenia denies Azerbaijan the extent of its territorial advantage.
The report is contributed by Reuters and the Associated Press.
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