Within the city of Karvachar in Nagorno-Karabakh, Vahe Mkrtchyan watched his residence burn down.
He set fireplace to it himself after studying that it now lies in a area ceded to Azerbaijan in a ceasefire brokered by Russia to finish latest hostilities with Armenia.
“I don’t wish to go away one thing for terrorists – who killed my brothers and sisters and who stole my residence from me,” Vahe informed Euronews.
Different ethnic-Armenian residents within the city did the identical factor, taking what belongings they may handle then setting fireplace to their very own properties relatively than hand them over to Azerbaijan.
On November 9, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to cease armed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh the next day.
As a part of the settlement, Azerbaijan gained management over a number of territories that embody the city of Karvachar.
A 13th-century monastery, sacred for Armenians, can also be to be handed over as a part of the deal.
For residents of the area, destruction and loss are issues they’re too aware of. It was the location of a bloody battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan within the 1990s.
On the time, Armenians expelled Azeris from land they claimed as theirs, embarking on a cycle of violence that had continued ever since.
Hayrapet Margaryan, a resident of the Armenian capital Yerevan, is a veteran of the violence within the 90s.
For him, the accord might have stopped the battle, however won’t be sufficient to result in peace.
“For peace, we have to have justice,” Hayrapet informed Euronews. “We dwell within the 21st century and as Europe talks about justice, honesty and humanism on a regular basis, we additionally want it right here. Solely with justice, will folks be capable to dwell in peace.”
Watch Anelise Borges’ report within the video participant above.