Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Azerbaijani army enters territory ceded by Armenian forces

The basement of the David Bek city hall served as part memorial part shelter while the city was under fire from Azeri forces The basement of the David Bek city hall served as part memorial part shelter while the city was under fire from Azeri forces
Bennie Garza | 21 November, 2020, 01:05

United Nations cultural agency Unesco has proposed a field mission to Nagorno-Karabakh to draw up an inventory of cultural assets in a region at the centre of recent fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia will also hand over Kalbajar district wedged between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia on November 25 and the Lachin district by December 1.

Azerbaijani forces have entered Aghdam district bordering Nagorno-Karabakh following 27 years of occupation.

Putin said he remains in close contact with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and plans are in place to send Russian interdepartmental delegations, tasked with ensuring ceasefire implementation and tackling humanitarian issues, to both countries.

David Tonoyan, who was replaced as defence minister on Friday, said in a statement that he hoped the move will help ease tensions. The Armenians' claim was never recognised internationally, not even by Armenia.

A huge number of demonstrators have requested Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan quit over the truce that finished the heaviest battling in a long time in Nagorno-Karabakh, an area that is inside Azerbaijan however chiefly populated by ethnic Armenians.

A smoke rises from a burning house in Karmiravan village as ethnic Armenians leaving the the area, prior to the Azerbaijani forces being handed control in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

In a televised address, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev called Armenians who destroyed property as they fled a "wild enemy".

As part of the peace accord, Armenia agreed to return 15 to 20 percent of Nagorno-Karabakh territory captured by Azerbaijan in recent fighting, including the historic town of Shusha.

On Thursday, people celebrated in Baku, with cars parading through the city with flags of Azerbaijan ally Russian Federation and Turkey. Armenians are forced to leave their homes before the region is handed over to control by Azerbaijani forces.

France's population includes between 400,000 to 600,000 people of Armenian origin.

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