Azerbaijan Army Units Enter Region Formerly Held by Armenia

Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

However, the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnically Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, remains unresolved. The brutal war lasted six weeks, leaving thousands dead and displacing many more.

Western powers encourage Armenian and Azerbaijani nationalists to torpedo the settlement brokered on the 9th of this month by Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Azerbaijani counterpart Iljam Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the official said.

Thousands are demanding Pashinyan quits following the signing of a peace deal that secured territorial advances for Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh after six weeks of fighting.

Separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh and several surrounding districts captured the territory and claimed independence that has not been recognized internationally, even by Armenia, following a post-Soviet 1990s war that left some 30,000 dead.

The Russian peacekeeping force of some 2,000 troops has deployed to the administrative centre of the region, Stepanakert, and set up checkpoints and observation posts along the strategic Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia. Armenians are forced to leave their homes before the region is handed over to control by Azerbaijani forces.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that providing humanitarian aid to residents of "severely hit" Nagorno-Karabakh was now a priority, and called on the United Nations and the World Health Organization to send delegations to the region.

On Thursday, people celebrated in Baku, with cars parading through the city with flags of Azerbaijan ally Russian Federation and Turkey.

In accordance with the trilateral agreement, "units of the Azerbaijan army entered the Agdam region on November 20", Azerbaijan's defence ministry said on Friday.

Before Tonoyan's dismissal was announced, an initial report by Armenian newspaper Aravot had said he had tendered his resignation. Azerbaijan has not disclosed its military casualties.

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