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US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian troops leave Kelbadjar left to Azerbaijanis

17:05  25 november  2020
17:05  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un camion des troupes arméniennes en train de quitter les Kelbajar. Le 24 novembre 2020. © via REUTERS - HAYK BAGHDASARYAN / PHOTOLURE A truck of Armenian troops leaving the Kelbajar. November 24, 2020.

After Aghdam five days ago, the first Azerbaijani troops entered the night of November 24 to 25 in the district of Kelbadjar. It is the second of three areas on the edge of Nagorno-Karabakh that Armenia has pledged to cede under the ceasefire signed after six weeks of intense fighting in the region. Our reporter went there.

From our special correspondent, Vincent Souriau to Golgoy, 80 km from Kelbadjar (with Jad El Khoury)

The army stops us 80 kilometers from Kelbadjar, impossible to go further, it is still too dangerous , according to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense, Colonel Vagui Dargali: “According to our aerial observations, the Armenians have withdrawn. Now, after entering this district, our mission is to take control of the border with Armenia and guarantee its security. But the road is very difficult, first because it is high mountain with a peak at 4000 meters altitude and then with very cold temperatures, but above all because everything has been undermined. It will therefore require a lot of work ”.

At the end of a very supervised communication operation, Colonel Dargali invites us to film the troop transport trucks heading up to Kelbadjar.

About 30 vehicles passed in front of us during the morning, but when asked how many troops will be deployed throughout the district, no answer. Despite the ceasefire, Azerbaijan remains in a state of war and the extent of this deployment is kept confidential.

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