Protests Against Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Agreement Continue in Yerevan, Armenia

Clay Curtis
November 16, 2020

Armenia agreed to cede swathes of the disputed region to Baku, as well as other territories controlled by Armenian separatists since a devastating war in the 1990s.

Earlier this week, Azerbaijani and Armenia signed a deal ending the longstanding conflict over the region, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

Moscow's peacekeeping mission, which the military said included soldiers that previously were stationed in Syria, comprises some 2,000 troops for a renewable five-year mission.

Pashinyan has ruled out his own resignation, but on Monday he announced that he had "decided to fire" Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

Authorities on Saturday said they had thwarted a plot to assassinate the prime minister and arrested opposition leader Artur Vanetsyan, the former head of Armenia's security services.

A dozen opposition leaders were detained last week for inciting riots but were also released by courts.

Russian officials have said that Ankara's involvement will be limited to the work of the monitoring centre on Azerbaijani soil, and Turkish peacekeepers would not go to Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan almost 30 years ago but it has not been recognised internationally, even by Armenia.

Mnatsakanyan had held the position since May 2018.

Russian peacekeepers are transferred to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone in accordance with agreements set forth on November 9 in the joint declaration of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on complete ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh.

Kalbajar was nearly exclusively populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis before they were expelled by Armenians in a 1990s war between the two countries following the break up of the Soviet Union, and a majority of the homes being burned previously belonged to Azerbaijanis. They have now lost much of the enclave itself as well as the surrounding territory. "The people who were resettled there have no property rights", Hajieyv told a news conference.

Pashinyan said the road through the Lachin region that connects Nagorno Karabakh with Armenian state territory would be reopened later on Monday, and that many displaced residents of the enclave were returning to their homes.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, reportedly on the site of the Russian foreign policy department.

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