Armenia cedes disputed land to Azerbaijan in Karabakh peace deal

STEPANAKERT, AZERBAIJAN: Armenia on Sunday was resulting from start handing over disputed territory to Azerbaijan as a part of a peace accord that ended six weeks of fierce combating over the Nagorno-Karabakh area.
Residents of the Kalbajar district in Azerbaijan that was managed by Armenian separatists for many years started a mass exodus of the mountainous province within the days main as much as the official withdrawal day.
AFP journalists noticed fleeing residents pile furnishings and kitchenware into automobiles earlier than leaving for Armenia and a few among the many departing ethnic-Armenians stated that they had exhumed graves they feared could be desecrated by Azerbaijanis.
Thick plumes of smoke have been rising over the valley close to the village of Charektar after residents set their properties on fireplace preferring to depart devastation of their wake and houses that will be uninhabitable by Azerbaijanis.
A Russian peacekeeping contingent deployed this week to Nagorno-Karabakh. They arrange checkpoints and positions within the area’s administrative centre, Stepanakert, as a part of the phrases of the accord that sees Armenia cede swathes of territory that Azerbaijan’s forces gained within the combating.
Moscow’s peacekeeping mission, which the army stated included troopers that beforehand have been stationed in Syria, contains some 2,000 troops for a renewable five-year mission.
The ex-Soviet rivals agreed to finish hostilities earlier this week after efforts by Russia, France and the US to get a ceasefire fell by way of through the practically two months of clashes.
A key a part of the peace deal consists of Armenia’s return of Kalbajar, in addition to the Aghdam district by November 20 and the Lachin district by December 1, which have been held by Armenians since a devastating struggle within the 1990s.
Armenia conceded on Saturday that 2,317 fighters have been killed in clashes through which each side accused the opposite of focusing on civilian infrastructure.
Azerbaijan has not revealed its army casualties and the true toll after weeks of combating is anticipated to be a lot greater.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday stated the variety of fatalities had surpassed 4,000 and that tens of 1000’s of individuals had been pressured to flee their properties.
Earlier than departing en masse, Armenians flocked to the Dadivank monastery nestled in a gorge in Kalbajar for a last go to earlier than it was ceded to Azerbaijan, with AFP journalists witnessing a dozen ladies ask to be baptised on the spiritual website.
Kalbajar was virtually solely populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis earlier than they have been expelled by Armenians within the 1990s struggle following the break up of the Soviet Union, and a majority of the properties being deserted beforehand belonged to Azerbaijanis.
The Armenian authorities controversially subsidised the area’s settlement by ethnic Armenians.
The peace accord with Azerbaijan has sparked every week of protests in Armenia the place demonstrations and opposition events are calling for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign.
The previous head of Armenia’s nationwide safety service Artur Vanetsyan was arrested on Saturday on expenses of plotting to kill Pashinyan and seize energy.
Azerbaijan has pushed for Ankara’s involvement within the settlement and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated this week his nation would collectively supervise the ceasefire with Russia.
Turkey, a key ally of Azerbaijan, was broadly accused by Western nations, Russia and Armenia of dispatching mercenaries from Syria to strengthen Azerbaijan’s military.
However Russia has dominated out Ankara’s direct involvement within the peacekeeping mission and insisted Turkey would as an alternative monitor the mission from an remark centre on Azerbaijan’s territory.

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