Nov. 10 (UPI) — Armenia has signed a peace cope with Azerbaijan and Russia, bringing an finish to combating over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated Tuesday.
In a message posted to Fb, Pashinyan stated he made an “extraordinarily troublesome determination for myself and for all of us” in signing an settlement brokered by Russia to carry a halt to the six-week battle.
The announcement got here shortly after Azerbaijan claimed the strategic metropolis of Shusha.
Pashinyan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a press release declaring a complete cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh beginning at midnight Tuesday, the Kremlin introduced.
“I made this determination because of an in-depth evaluation of the navy state of affairs and the evaluation of the individuals who know the state of affairs greatest,” Pashinyan stated. “I additionally primarily based it on the assumption that that is the absolute best answer within the present state of affairs.”
Violent protests broke out within the Armenian capital of Yerevan after the announcement, the place home windows have been smashed on the prime minister’s official residence.
Offended crowds additionally entered Armenian Parliament to protest. Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan was hospitalized with accidents.
Three transport planes carrying a Russian military peacekeeping brigade landed in Armenia on Tuesday to patrol the road of separation between the 2 sides, Russia’s protection ministry stated.
Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, launched an offensive to retake Nagorno-Karabakh in September. Armenia has referred to as for the mountainous enclave to be acknowledged internationally as an impartial state.
Armenians administer the disputed area, which is situated inside Azerbaijan’s borders. A number of earlier cease-fire agreements have failed and each side have accused each other of airstrikes in opposition to civilian targets.
Hundreds have died within the worst combating within the area for the reason that early 1990s.