ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN AGREE TO END FIGHTING IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH
Armenia and Azerbaijan announced an agreement, to halt fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan under a pact signed with Russia that calls for deployment of nearly 2,000 Russian peacekeepers and territorial concessions, Avet Demourian reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a 1994 truce ended a separatist war in which an estimated 30,000 people died. Sporadic clashes occurred since then, and full-scale fighting began on Sept. 27.
Several ceasefires had been called but were almost immediately violated. However, the agreement announced appeared more likely to take hold because Azerbaijan has made significant advances, including taking control of the strategically key city of Shushi.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said on Facebook that calling an end to the fight was “extremely painful for me personally and for our people.” Soon after the announcement, thousands of people streamed to the main square in the Armenian capital Yerevan to protest the agreement, many shouting, “We won’t give up our land!” Some of them broke into the main government building, saying they were searching for Pashinian, who apparently had already departed.