World Azerbaijan takes back from the Armenians the district of Kalbajar, neighbor of Nagorno-Karabakh

05:05  25 november  2020
05:05  25 november  2020 Source:   france24.com

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  Armenia cedes disputed land to Azerbaijan in Karabakh peace deal Armenia on Sunday was due to begin handing over disputed territory to Azerbaijan as part of a peace accord that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Residents of the Kalbajar district in Azerbaijan that was controlled by Armenian separatists for decades began a mass exodus of the mountainous province in the days leading up to the official withdrawal day. AFP journalists saw fleeing residents pile furniture and kitchenware into vehicles before leaving for Armenia and some among the departing ethnic-Armenians said they had exhumed graves they feared would be desecrated by Azerbaijanis.

Azerbaijan forces have entered a district bordering Nagorno - Karabakh as the country begins retaking territory held for nearly 30 years by the Armenian - backed government as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal. Video showed troops and armoured vehicles moving into the district of Aghdam

Azerbaijan has granted Armenia ten additional days to pull its troops out from the district of Kalbajar , also known as Karvachar, in Nagorno - Karabakh , Hikmet According to the Armenian - Azerbaijani peace deal, that was brokered by Russia on November 9, Armenian forces should be out of Kalbajar

Dans le Kalbajar, certains habitants ont brûlé leur maison plutôt que de la laisser aux forces azerbaïdjanaises. © Alexander Nemenov, AFP In the Kalbajar, some inhabitants burned their houses rather than leaving it to the Azerbaijani forces.

The district of Kalbajar, taken over on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday by Azerbaijan, is the second of three retrocessions to which Armenia must proceed after the ceasefire that ended six weeks of deadly fighting in the Haut -Karabakh.

Azerbaijan regained control of the Kalbajar district on the night of Tuesday 24 to Wednesday 25 November, bordering Nagorno-Karabakh . In a statement, the Ministry of Defense in Baku said that "units of the Azerbaijani army entered Kalbajar district on November 25" under the end of hostilities agreement signed by Armenia in early November. , Azerbaijan and Russia.

Armenia cedes disputed land to Azerbaijan after peace deal

  Armenia cedes disputed land to Azerbaijan after peace deal Residents of Armenian origin in Kalbajar district of Nagorno-Karabakh begin a mass exodus as Azerbaijan takes over.Residents of the Kalbajar district, which has been controlled by ethnic Armenians for decades, began a mass exodus from the mountainous province in the days leading up to Sunday, the official withdrawal date.

Since then, Nagorno - Karabakh has remained part of Azerbaijan but is controlled by separatist ethnic Armenians backed by the Armenian government. Nagorno - Karabakh was an ethnic-majority Armenian region, but the Soviets gave control over the area to Azerbaijani authorities.

The territorial ownership of Nagorno - Karabakh is fiercely contested between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. Armenian and Artsakh troops were forced back from their first line of defense in Artsakh's southeast and northern Kalbajar District : to be transferred to Azerbaijan by 25 November.

Located between the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Armenia, Kalbajar should have been surrendered on November 15, but Baku postponed the event, citing humanitarian reasons.

By signing the ceasefire, Yerevan agreed to surrender three districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh - Agdam, Kalbajar and Lachin - which had eluded Baku's control for almost 30 years and a first war in the 1990s.

Burned houses

The district of Kalbajar, like that of Agdam returned on November 20, and that of Lachin which should be on December 1, had until then formed a buffer zone surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Four other districts forming this safe glacis were taken back militarily by Baku.

In the days leading up to the handover, AFP saw Armenian residents chopping down trees, recovering power cables and even loading parts of a hydroelectric dam onto a truck. "They are burning (the houses), the trees are cut down and people are taking everything away," 53-year-old mason Gaguik Yakchibekian told AFP, explaining that the Armenians refused to allow Azerbaijanis to live in their houses.

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Sotk-Kelbajar highway linking Armenia with Kalbajar to be closed on November 25. The Armenian government has published a list of 121 settlements (cities and villages) on the territory of Karabakh, passing Nagorno - Karabakh . Areas of recent clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces.

Fighting between the separatists backed by Armenian troops and the Azerbaijan army erupted over the breakaway Nagorno - Karabakh region in late In the Kalbajar village of Charektar, on the border with the district of Martakert which will remain under Armenian control, at least six houses were on

The end of hostilities agreement, signed when the military situation was catastrophic for Armenia, enshrines the victory of Azerbaijan and grants it significant territorial gains after six weeks of a conflict which claimed several thousand victims . It nevertheless allows the survival of Nagorno-Karabakh, cut off from part of its territory, 2,000 Russian peacekeepers being deployed to guarantee the cease-fire.


In Dadivank, a town in Kalbajar district, engineer Grigory Grigorian said he regretted leaving the house he had lived in for 25 years, the place where his "children grew up and went to school".

The city is known to Armenians for its 12th century monastery which will also be returned to Azerbaijan. In recent weeks, worshipers have flocked to pray there one last time, worrying about the future of the place despite assurances from Baku that it will preserve religious buildings.

On the other hand, inhabitants who fled to Armenia during the recent fighting have started to return to Nagorno-Karabakh. According to Moscow, 13,000 refugees have been assisted with their resettlement.

With AFP

Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakh .
Lachin is the last of three regions around Nagorno-Karabakh handed over by Armenia to Azerbaijan under truce.A convoy of Azerbaijani military trucks entered the Lachin district overnight, taking over the last of three regions around Karabakh handed over by Armenia under the Russian-brokered agreement.

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