Canada REPORT. The uncertain future of Armenian evacuees from Nagorno-Karabakh

22:45  26 november  2020
22:45  26 november  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Nagorno - Karabakh region has a mostly Armenian population but it fell within the Soviet-drawn borders of Azerbaijan. For decades, Armenia had drawn support for its defense of the Nagorno - Karabakh region from a large diaspora in Southern California, France and Russia.

The Armenian leader in Nagorno - Karabakh , Arayik Harutyunyan, said a ceasefire had been unavoidable after the loss of Karabakh's second biggest town Nagorno - Karabakh 's authorities say nearly 1,200 of its defence forces have died in the fighting, and civilians have also been killed or injured.

Des Arméniens, réfugiés à Erevan pendant les six semaines de conflit, reviennent à Stepanakert, la « capitale » du Haut-Karabakh, encore sous contrôle arménien mais désormais enclavée au sein de l’Azerbaïdjan. © AFP / Andrey BORODULIN Armenians, refugees in Yerevan during the six weeks of conflict, return to Stepanakert, the "capital" of Nagorno-Karabakh, still under Armenian control but now landlocked within Azerbaijan.

The ceasefire negotiated by Russia allows the return of thousands of Armenians to the area they still control. The others will not be able to return to the territories returned to Azerbaijan.

I’m ashamed of these people who burn their houses down, ”exclaims Armen. Having left Yerevan, the 30-year-old soldier rides in his overheated little 4Х- $ Lada towards Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh where this Armenian , father of two children, is from and where he owns a car garage. . For this, he crosses the district of Kalbadjar, where parade the destroyed or deserted houses, the cut trees, the villagers in the process of recovering the electric cables…

Azerbaijani President triumphantly surrenders to Nagorno Karabakh

 Azerbaijani President triumphantly surrenders to Nagorno Karabakh © Provided by Le Point Azerbaijan published images of a triumphant visit of President Ilham Aliev , accompanied by his wife, to emblematic places territories reclaimed during the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict against the Armenian separatists. Baku and Yerevan concluded a ceasefire in Nagorny Karabakh on November 9 after six weeks of heavy fighting, granting major territorial gains to Azerbaijan, which reclaims areas that had eluded it for three decades.

A Nagorno - Karabakh soldier near the village of Matagis, about 43 miles outside the self-declared republic’s The surviving Armenians were largely inclined not to distinguish between Transcaucasian Muslims ( future Nagorno - Karabakh would become part of Turkey’s regional ally, Azerbaijan

In Bitter Nagorno - Karabakh War, a Reordering of Regional Powers. Russia and Turkey emerged as But there were many unknowns about the future of the region, including the peacekeepers’ precise There was also pain: The lush mountains of Nagorno - Karabakh , known to Armenians as Artsakh

Stepanakert, la « capitale » du Haut-Karabakh, encore sous contrôle arménien mais désormais enclavée au sein de l’Azerbaïdjan © Ouest-France Stepanakert, the “capital” of Nagorno-Karabakh , still under Armenian control but now landlocked within Azerbaijan

Under the peace agreement of November 10, 2020, negotiated by Russia after a deadly six-week conflict, Armenia will surrender to Azerbaijan all the Azeri territories, on the outskirts of Karabakh, which they occupied at the end of the war of the 1990s to ensure continuity between the mother country and the separatist region with an Armenian majority. The Kalbajar is one of them and has started to be returned. Lachine and Agdam districts will follow.

Taguhi is from a village in the Agdam region. At the start of the new war, on September 27, she was evacuated to Yerevan and has just returned to Stepanakert for a few days to manage family affairs. It was there that she learned that her village was now occupied by Azerbaijani soldiers, and that she was unlikely to see it again for a long time.

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Nagorno - Karabakh , a mountainous, landlocked region inside the borders of Azerbaijan, has been a source of dispute A war between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces ended in a ceasefire in 1994, with Armenia in full control of Nagorno - Karabakh and other surrounding enclaves of Azerbaijan’s territory.

The Nagorno - Karabakh Defense Ministry said that the two armies exchanged artillery fire across the front line overnight Thursday and into Friday, and that But Nagorno - Karabakh residents who had fled the fighting and crammed into hotels in the Armenian city of Goris, just outside the enclave, on

"I came back, I have no other choice"

Taghui will return to Yerevan to take care of her two children, in an empty bus. Dozens of tourist coaches, requisitioned by the army, make the trip every day to bring back from Yerevan some of the 90,000 residents who had taken shelter there. According to Karabakh President Haruyk Harutyunyan, around 25,000 people have already returned to the part still controlled by the Armenians and which will now be landlocked, only linked to Yerevan by a fragile road corridor under the protection of Russian soldiers. Moscow evokes less than 4,500 returns ...

I came back because I have no other choice. My house and my job at the factory are here, Anoush explains, in the central square of Stepanakert, from which she refused to be evacuated until November 5 to stay with her sons at the front. There has not been a normalization of relations between Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan in thirty years, how could there be one in five years?, She sighs, in reference the duration of the agreement negotiated by Russia.

A climate of mistrust reigns in the city. A taxi driver says: People are afraid of renewed conflict. Some are waiting to see if the Yerevan regime changes hands. This peace agreement is a powder keg ...

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