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US News Azerbaijan hoists its flag in Lachin, third district surrendered by Armenia

17:15  01 december  2020
17:15  01 december  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Azerbaijan has completed its takeover of land that was given up by Armenia as part of a Moscow-brokered Azerbaijani troops moved into the district of Lachin on Tuesday, taking over the last of the The transfer of power in Lachin was celebrated in Azerbaijan , where President Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijani forces on Tuesday moved into the final district given up by Armenia in a peace deal Azerbaijan 's defence ministry released a video showing a tank flying an Azerbaijani flag leading a AFP journalists in Lachin town saw a column of Azerbaijani trucks flanked by military vehicles from

  L'Azerbaïdjan hisse son drapeau à Latchin, troisième district rétrocédé par l'Arménie © Provided by Le Point

Azerbaijani soldiers raised their flag for the first time in almost 30 years on Tuesday in Lachin, the last of the three districts surrendered by Armenia under the ceasefire that ended six weeks of fighting in Nagorno Karabakh.

Shortly after midnight, an Azerbaijani military column entered the district, which had been under the control of Armenian forces since a war in the 1990s that left tens of thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

Journalists from AFP then saw a group of ten soldiers participating in a short ceremony in the courtyard of an official building in the city, above which was hoisted the Azerbaijani flag.

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According to the trilateral Statement signed by the Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan , the Russian Federation, and the prime minister of Although many moments are reflected in the trilateral statement on the cessation of hostilities to liberate the Azerbaijani lands signed between Azerbaijan

Lachin is a town which is the de jure centre of the Lachin District of Azerbaijan , de facto under the occupation of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh since 1992 as part of its Kashatagh Province.

The district of Lachin, like that of Aghdam surrendered on November 20 and that of Kalbajar surrendered on November 25, formed a buffer zone surrounding the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorny Karabakh, with a majority Armenian.

Four other districts with the same function had already been taken over by Baku during the six weeks of deadly fighting that broke out in the autumn. All of them had escaped the control of Azerbaijan since the end of the war in 1994.

Running along the eastern border of Armenia, north to south to Iran , East Lachin district best known thanks to the corridor of the same name, controlled today by Russian peacekeepers, which has become the only road linking Nagorno Karabakh to Armenia.

'New reality'

The inhabitants had not waited to leave the premises, destroying and deboning the houses or the infrastructures they abandon. However, some have chosen to stay, like Levon Gevorguian, owner of a grocery store-bar in the main square of Latchin.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a Moscow-brokered truce in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku will retain control over the districts in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic that Azerbaijani troops The city will remain connected to Armenia by the Lachin Corridor mountain pass, which will

Azerbaijan said Friday its troops had entered a district bordering Nagorno-Karabakh that was previously home to Armenian separatists, as part of a Russian-brokered deal to end weeks of fighting in the region.

"I've been here for 22 years, I started from scratch, I built everything," says the 48-year-old. "I hope I can continue, I still have a credit," he adds.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev on Tuesday greeted him as a "new reality", in a televised address to the nation. "We have driven the enemy from our lands. We have restored territorial integrity. We have ended the occupation," he said.

According to Mr. Aliyev, around 50,000 Azerbaijanis lived in Lachin district before the war of the 1990s and they will return there "in the near future".

In Baku, the capital, the streets were overrun with residents waving the national flag to celebrate Lachin's handover, according to an AFP journalist.

- 'Ambiguous' status quo -

For Olessia Vartanian, analyst for the International Crisis Group, the surrender of this latter district is proof that the ceasefire agreement "works". But the new status quo remains "unclear", she warns.

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution 62/243, titled "The Situation in the Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan ", is a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was adopted on March 14, 2008 at the 62nd session of the General Assembly.

Azerbaijani army entered Lachin district according to joint Armenia -Russia- Azerbaijan statement. Full footage of Azerbaijan forces in the village of Dadivank/Veng and in the Dadivank/Xudaveng Monastery in Kalbajar District .

"The agreement obtained by Moscow is very precise as regards the return of the territories, but it is ambiguous on a number of aspects such as the mandate of the Russian peace forces and the organization of the life of the local population , Armenians and Azerbaijanis, "she told AFP.

In the meantime, many residents of Nagorno-Karabakh who had fled recent fighting have started to resettle in the breakaway region. On Tuesday, the Russian military said it had so far assisted in the return of more than 26,000 people.

According to Moscow, its soldiers also cleared the area around the Lachin highway corridor and helped repair a destroyed power line.

The cease-fire of November 9, signed when the military situation was catastrophic for Armenia, enshrines the victory of Azerbaijan and grants it significant territorial gains.

It nevertheless allows the survival of Nagorno Karabakh, diminished, and sees the deployment of 2,000 Russian peacekeepers.

Signed under Russian patronage, the ceasefire recalled the determining role of Moscow in its Caucasian precinct but also the growing influence of Turkey, support of Baku.

Turkey also announced on Tuesday an agreement with Russia on the establishment of a joint observation center whose mission will be to monitor the cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Conversely, the Western countries seem to be losing ground and neither France nor the United States, mediators as members of the "Minsk group", charged in the 1990s with finding a lasting solution to the crisis. , have not obtained convincing results.

01/12/2020 13:34:37 ​​- Lachin (Azerbaijan) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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