Azerbaijan on Friday stated it had taken management of the primary of three districts Armenia agreed to cede as a part of a Russian-backed peace deal to finish hostilities over the Nagorno-Karabakh area.
“Azerbaijani military items entered the Aghdam area on November 20,” the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry stated of the area, which has been managed by Armenian separatists for practically 30 years.
The November 9 settlement, agreed following negotiations hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, got here after six weeks of combating this autumn that resulted in a whole lot, if not hundreds, of deaths.
Armenia agreed to return round 15 to 20 per cent of the Nagorno-Karabakh territory captured by Azerbaijan in latest skirmishes as a part of the peace deal, which included the historic city of Shusha/Shushi.
In addition to features in Nagorno Karabakh itself, Baku will take a number of areas exterior the area held by Armenian forces.
After the district of Aghdam, the world of Kalbajar is about to be handed over on November 25 and one other space, Lachin, on December 1.
Experiences on Thursday stated Russian troopers had began what is about to develop into a 5-year-peacekeeping mission in and across the Nagorno-Karabakh area — one other level within the deal.
The alternate of territory was initially resulting from start on Sunday however was delayed for humanitarian causes.
Experiences from the weekend urged Armenian forces and ethnic Armenians within the district had been packing up their issues and leaving earlier than the official deadline for Azerbaijan’s takeover.
Information of the peace deal sparked protests in Armenia, with some demonstrators storming authorities buildings and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s residence.
In the meantime, in Baku, there have been scenes of celebration — the streets of the Azerbaijani capital had been rammed with visitors and other people danced on automobiles.
The previous Soviet states of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody struggle over the mountainous area of Nagorno-Karabakh within the early 1990s.
1000’s had been killed on either side. A whole bunch of hundreds of individuals had been displaced.
The struggle ended with a truce in 1994, though there was sporadic violence since.