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  •   Armenia on Tuesday accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a fresh border shootout between the arch foe Caucasus countries locked in a decades long territorial dispute There have been frequent reports of shootouts along their shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the contested Nagorno Karabakh region On Monday evening an Armenian serviceman was fatally wounded as a result of enemy fire at the eastern section of the Armenian Azerbaijani border Armenia s defence ministry said Tuesday in a statement Azerbaijan s defence ministry accused Armenian troops of initiating a border shootout in the evening saying Armenia s military political leadership is responsible for the latest escalation In early August tensions flared as Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed and more than a dozen injured The neighbours fought two wars in the 1990s and in 2020 over the contested Nagorno Karabakh region Azerbaijan s Armenian populated enclave Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed more than 6 500 lives and ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire Under the deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow deployed some 2 000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce During EU mediated talks in Brussels in May and April Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to advance discussions on a future peace treaty Following its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 an increasingly isolated Moscow lost its status as the primary mediator in the conflict The European Union has since led the Armenia Azerbaijan normalisation process which involves peace talks border delimitation and the reopening of transport links Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 The ensuing conflict claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia says soldier killed in border shootout with Azerbaijan
      Armenia on Tuesday accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a fresh border shootout between the arch foe Caucasus countries locked in a decades long territorial dispute There have been frequent reports of shootouts along their shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the contested Nagorno Karabakh region On Monday evening an Armenian serviceman was fatally wounded as a result of enemy fire at the eastern section of the Armenian Azerbaijani border Armenia s defence ministry said Tuesday in a statement Azerbaijan s defence ministry accused Armenian troops of initiating a border shootout in the evening saying Armenia s military political leadership is responsible for the latest escalation In early August tensions flared as Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed and more than a dozen injured The neighbours fought two wars in the 1990s and in 2020 over the contested Nagorno Karabakh region Azerbaijan s Armenian populated enclave Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed more than 6 500 lives and ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire Under the deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow deployed some 2 000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce During EU mediated talks in Brussels in May and April Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to advance discussions on a future peace treaty Following its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 an increasingly isolated Moscow lost its status as the primary mediator in the conflict The European Union has since led the Armenia Azerbaijan normalisation process which involves peace talks border delimitation and the reopening of transport links Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 The ensuing conflict claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia says soldier killed in border shootout with Azerbaijan
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Armenia says soldier killed in border shootout with Azerbaijan

    Armenia on Tuesday accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a fresh border shootout between the arch-foe Caucasus countries locked in a decades-long territorial dispute.

    There have been frequent reports of shootouts along their shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    “On Monday evening, an Armenian serviceman was fatally wounded as a result of enemy fire at the eastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Armenia’s defence ministry said Tuesday in a statement.

    Azerbaijan’s defence ministry, accused Armenian troops of initiating a border shootout in the evening, saying “Armenia’s military-political leadership is responsible for the latest escalation.

    ” In early August, tensions flared as Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed and more than a dozen injured.

    The neighbours fought two wars — in the 1990s and in 2020 — over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated enclave.

    Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.

    Under the deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow deployed some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce.

    During EU-mediated talks in Brussels in May and April, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “advance discussions” on a future peace treaty.

    Following its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, an increasingly isolated Moscow lost its status as the primary mediator in the conflict.

    The European Union has since led the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation process, which involves peace talks, border delimitation and the reopening of transport links.

    Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

    The ensuing conflict claimed around 30,000 lives.

  •   The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to six on Monday as search operations continued for people believed trapped under rubble Another 61 people were injured and 15 were missing after Sunday s blast that led to the collapse of a building at the Surmalu wholesale market Armenia s Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambukhchyan said Rescue operations were continuing very carefully with people still believed to be trapped beneath the debris he added Pambukhchyan told reporters that video footage of the incident showed that there can be no talk of a terrorist attack as the fire started before the explosion He said the fire spread to pyro materials Local media had earlier said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks The cause of the fire was being established The minister said that smoke and small fire could persist for several more days with lots of plastic smouldering at the scene Photos and videos posted on social media after the blast showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and what appeared to be a series of detonations can be heard Prosecutors meanwhile launched a probe into violations on stocking inflammable goods breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people due to negligence Armenia s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the site of the blast on Monday according to his press service In all 200 firefighters and medical workers were sent to the scene as well as fire engines and construction site equipment Rescue workers used a digger to clear away rubble an AFP journalist at the scene reported earlier The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured
      The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to six on Monday as search operations continued for people believed trapped under rubble Another 61 people were injured and 15 were missing after Sunday s blast that led to the collapse of a building at the Surmalu wholesale market Armenia s Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambukhchyan said Rescue operations were continuing very carefully with people still believed to be trapped beneath the debris he added Pambukhchyan told reporters that video footage of the incident showed that there can be no talk of a terrorist attack as the fire started before the explosion He said the fire spread to pyro materials Local media had earlier said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks The cause of the fire was being established The minister said that smoke and small fire could persist for several more days with lots of plastic smouldering at the scene Photos and videos posted on social media after the blast showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and what appeared to be a series of detonations can be heard Prosecutors meanwhile launched a probe into violations on stocking inflammable goods breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people due to negligence Armenia s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the site of the blast on Monday according to his press service In all 200 firefighters and medical workers were sent to the scene as well as fire engines and construction site equipment Rescue workers used a digger to clear away rubble an AFP journalist at the scene reported earlier The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured
    Foreign1 month ago

    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured

    The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to six on Monday as search operations continued for people believed trapped under rubble.

    Another 61 people were injured and 15 were missing after Sunday’s blast that led to the collapse of a building at the Surmalu wholesale market, Armenia’s Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambukhchyan said.

    Rescue operations were continuing “very carefully” with people still believed to be trapped beneath the debris, he added.

    Pambukhchyan told reporters that video footage of the incident showed that “there can be no talk of a terrorist attack” as the fire started before the explosion.

    He said the fire spread to “pyro materials”.

    Local media had earlier said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks.

    The cause of the fire was being established.

    The minister said that smoke and small fire could persist for several more days with lots of plastic smouldering at the scene.

    Photos and videos posted on social media after the blast showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and what appeared to be a series of detonations can be heard.

    Prosecutors meanwhile launched a probe into violations “on stocking inflammable goods”, breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people “due to negligence”.

    Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the site of the blast on Monday, according to his press service.

    In all, 200 firefighters and medical workers were sent to the scene, as well as fire engines and construction site equipment.

    Rescue workers used a digger to clear away rubble, an AFP journalist at the scene reported earlier.

    The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.

  •   Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday questioned the role of Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh after a new flare up left three soldiers dead Pashinyan s rare criticism of ally Moscow came after tensions escalated on Wednesday in the disputed mountainous region which is mainly populated by ethnic Armenians The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars in the 1990s and in 2020 over Nagorno Karabakh In the aftermath of the latest war Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce but tensions persist despite the ceasefire agreement Questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno Karabakh Pashinyan told a government meeting He pointed to gross prolonged violations of a ceasefire regime and constant physical and psychological terror of Karabakh residents in the presence of the peacekeepers Pashinyan said the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission must be clarified adding that Armenia expected the contingent to prevent any attempt to violate the line of contact The two sides accuse each other of violating the fragile truce On Wednesday Baku said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed The Azeri defence ministry said Karabakh troops targeted its army positions in the district of Lachin which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping force The Azeri army later said it conducted an operation dubbed Revenge in response and took control of several strategic positions On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi Turkey backed Azerbaijan in the 2020 war over Nagorno Karabakh
    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday questioned the role of Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh after a new flare up left three soldiers dead Pashinyan s rare criticism of ally Moscow came after tensions escalated on Wednesday in the disputed mountainous region which is mainly populated by ethnic Armenians The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars in the 1990s and in 2020 over Nagorno Karabakh In the aftermath of the latest war Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce but tensions persist despite the ceasefire agreement Questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno Karabakh Pashinyan told a government meeting He pointed to gross prolonged violations of a ceasefire regime and constant physical and psychological terror of Karabakh residents in the presence of the peacekeepers Pashinyan said the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission must be clarified adding that Armenia expected the contingent to prevent any attempt to violate the line of contact The two sides accuse each other of violating the fragile truce On Wednesday Baku said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed The Azeri defence ministry said Karabakh troops targeted its army positions in the district of Lachin which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping force The Azeri army later said it conducted an operation dubbed Revenge in response and took control of several strategic positions On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi Turkey backed Azerbaijan in the 2020 war over Nagorno Karabakh
    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
    Foreign2 months ago

    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday questioned the role of Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh after a new flare-up left three soldiers dead.

    Pashinyan’s rare criticism of ally Moscow came after tensions escalated on Wednesday in the disputed mountainous region, which is mainly populated by ethnic Armenians.

    The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars — in the 1990s and in 2020 — over Nagorno-Karabakh.

    In the aftermath of the latest war, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades.

    Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce but tensions persist despite the ceasefire agreement.

    “Questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Pashinyan told a government meeting.

    He pointed to “gross, prolonged violations of a ceasefire regime” and “constant physical and psychological terror” of Karabakh residents in the presence of the peacekeepers.

    Pashinyan said the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission must be “clarified”, adding that Armenia expected the contingent to prevent “any attempt to violate the line of contact”.

    The two sides accuse each other of violating the fragile truce.

    On Wednesday, Baku said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed.

    The Azeri defence ministry said Karabakh troops targeted its army positions in the district of Lachin, which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping force.

    The Azeri army later said it conducted an operation dubbed “Revenge” in response and took control of several strategic positions.

    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

    Turkey backed Azerbaijan in the 2020 war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

  •   Armenian police on Tuesday detained nearly 300 opposition supporters who tried to block the streets of the capital Yerevan which has been gripped by anti government protests for a month Since mid April opposition parties have been organizing rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan On Tuesday morning hundreds of opposition supporters tried to block streets in central Yerevan an AFP journalist testified The Armenian police department said that 286 people who disobeyed law enforcement officers legal demands were briefly detained Archenemies Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars in 2020 and in the 1990s over the long contested Nagorno Karabakh region Six weeks of fighting in the fall of 2020 claimed more than 6 500 lives and ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire agreement Under the deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Opposition parties have accused Pashinyan of planning to cede parts of Karabakh still under Armenian control to Baku Ethnic Armenian separatists from Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 The ensuing conflict claimed some 30 000 lives
    Armenia police detain 300 at anti-government protests
      Armenian police on Tuesday detained nearly 300 opposition supporters who tried to block the streets of the capital Yerevan which has been gripped by anti government protests for a month Since mid April opposition parties have been organizing rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan On Tuesday morning hundreds of opposition supporters tried to block streets in central Yerevan an AFP journalist testified The Armenian police department said that 286 people who disobeyed law enforcement officers legal demands were briefly detained Archenemies Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars in 2020 and in the 1990s over the long contested Nagorno Karabakh region Six weeks of fighting in the fall of 2020 claimed more than 6 500 lives and ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire agreement Under the deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Opposition parties have accused Pashinyan of planning to cede parts of Karabakh still under Armenian control to Baku Ethnic Armenian separatists from Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 The ensuing conflict claimed some 30 000 lives
    Armenia police detain 300 at anti-government protests
    Foreign4 months ago

    Armenia police detain 300 at anti-government protests

    Armenian police on Tuesday detained nearly 300 opposition supporters who tried to block the streets of the capital Yerevan, which has been gripped by anti-government protests for a month.

    Since mid-April, opposition parties have been organizing rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.

    On Tuesday morning, hundreds of opposition supporters tried to block streets in central Yerevan, an AFP journalist testified.

    The Armenian police department said that "286 people who disobeyed law enforcement officers' legal demands were briefly detained."

    Archenemies Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars, in 2020 and in the 1990s, over the long-contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

    Six weeks of fighting in the fall of 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

    Under the deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce.

    The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti-government protests, prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September.

    Opposition parties have accused Pashinyan of planning to cede parts of Karabakh still under Armenian control to Baku.

    Ethnic Armenian separatists from Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The ensuing conflict claimed some 30,000 lives.

  •  Armenian police on Tuesday detained more than 200 anti government protesters as opposition parties stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan Protests erupted in Yerevan on Sunday with the opposition demanding Pashinyan s resignation accusing him of plotting to cede to Baku the entire disputed Nagorno Karabakh region over which the two countries went to war in 2020 New demonstrations broke out on Monday and on Tuesday police cracked down on protesters who blocked traffic in central Yerevan sparking chaotic scenes and the worst protests in the country since last September s elections The Interior Ministry said 206 protesters were detained in Yerevan and several provincial cities The protests highlight bitterness over Pashinyan s leadership since the six week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6 500 lives before ending with a Russian brokered ceasefire deal Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades long dispute over Karabakh the Armenian populated region of Azerbaijan Armenia s security service warned on Saturday of a real threat of unrest in the country but Pashinyan s ally and parliament speaker Alen Simonyan downplayed the risk of instability insisting there is no political crisis in the country Armenia The political forces who lost the parliamentary elections in 2021 are aggressively trying to mount a wave of protests but our citizens have already made their decision and will stay away from their attempts he told a news conference on Tuesday Symbol of defeat Opposition leader and deputy speaker of parliament Ishkhan Saghatelyan said Pashinyan is a traitor and the ongoing street protests which are increasing will force him to resign He called for a protest rally on Tuesday afternoon in Yerevan s central French Square where thousands rallied against Pashinyan on Sunday and Monday Nikol must go he will go because he is a symbol of defeat and Armenia has no future with such a leader said blacksmith Sergei Hovhannisyan 57 one of the protesters He is ready to hand over Karabakh for which we have shed our blood he told AFP Opposition parties accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh Under the Moscow brokered deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia detains 200 protesters as presure on PM grows
     Armenian police on Tuesday detained more than 200 anti government protesters as opposition parties stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan Protests erupted in Yerevan on Sunday with the opposition demanding Pashinyan s resignation accusing him of plotting to cede to Baku the entire disputed Nagorno Karabakh region over which the two countries went to war in 2020 New demonstrations broke out on Monday and on Tuesday police cracked down on protesters who blocked traffic in central Yerevan sparking chaotic scenes and the worst protests in the country since last September s elections The Interior Ministry said 206 protesters were detained in Yerevan and several provincial cities The protests highlight bitterness over Pashinyan s leadership since the six week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6 500 lives before ending with a Russian brokered ceasefire deal Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades long dispute over Karabakh the Armenian populated region of Azerbaijan Armenia s security service warned on Saturday of a real threat of unrest in the country but Pashinyan s ally and parliament speaker Alen Simonyan downplayed the risk of instability insisting there is no political crisis in the country Armenia The political forces who lost the parliamentary elections in 2021 are aggressively trying to mount a wave of protests but our citizens have already made their decision and will stay away from their attempts he told a news conference on Tuesday Symbol of defeat Opposition leader and deputy speaker of parliament Ishkhan Saghatelyan said Pashinyan is a traitor and the ongoing street protests which are increasing will force him to resign He called for a protest rally on Tuesday afternoon in Yerevan s central French Square where thousands rallied against Pashinyan on Sunday and Monday Nikol must go he will go because he is a symbol of defeat and Armenia has no future with such a leader said blacksmith Sergei Hovhannisyan 57 one of the protesters He is ready to hand over Karabakh for which we have shed our blood he told AFP Opposition parties accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh Under the Moscow brokered deal Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia detains 200 protesters as presure on PM grows
    Foreign5 months ago

    Armenia detains 200 protesters as presure on PM grows

    Armenian police on Tuesday detained more than 200 anti-government protesters as opposition parties stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.

    Protests erupted in Yerevan on Sunday with the opposition demanding Pashinyan's resignation, accusing him of plotting to cede to Baku the entire disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region over which the two countries went to war in 2020.

    New demonstrations broke out on Monday and on Tuesday police cracked down on protesters who blocked traffic in central Yerevan, sparking chaotic scenes and the worst protests in the country since last September's elections.

    The Interior Ministry said "206 protesters were detained" in Yerevan and several provincial cities.

    The protests highlight bitterness over Pashinyan's leadership since the six-week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6,500 lives before ending with a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a decades-long dispute over Karabakh, the Armenian-populated region of Azerbaijan.

    Armenia's security service warned on Saturday of "a real threat of unrest in the country", but Pashinyan's ally and parliament speaker Alen Simonyan downplayed the risk of instability, insisting "there is no political crisis in the country". Armenia".

    "The political forces, who lost the parliamentary elections in 2021, are aggressively trying to mount a wave of protests, but our citizens have already made their decision and will stay away from their attempts," he told a news conference on Tuesday.

    – 'Symbol of defeat' –
    Opposition leader and deputy speaker of parliament Ishkhan Saghatelyan said: "Pashinyan is a traitor and the ongoing street protests, which are increasing, will force him to resign."

    He called for a protest rally on Tuesday afternoon in Yerevan's central French Square, where thousands rallied against Pashinyan on Sunday and Monday.

    “Nikol must go, he will go, because he is a symbol of defeat and Armenia has no future with such a leader,” said blacksmith Sergei Hovhannisyan, 57, one of the protesters.

    "He is ready to hand over Karabakh for which we have shed our blood," he told AFP.

    Opposition parties accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that "the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh."

    Under the Moscow-brokered deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades, and Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce.

    The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti-government protests, prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September.

    Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30,000 lives.

  •  Opposition parties in Armenia on Monday vowed to stage mass protests and topple Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accusing him of plotting to cede a disputed region to archenemy Azerbaijan Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute since the 1990s over the Armenian populated region of Nagorno Karabakh in Azerbaijan The mountainous enclave was at the center of a six week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6 500 lives before it ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire agreement Opposition parties now accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh We are launching a popular protest movement to force Pashinyan to resign deputy speaker of parliament and opposition leader Ishkhan Saghatelyan told AFP on Monday He is a traitor he has lied to the people he said accusing the 46 year old leader of wanting to hand over the disputed region to Azerbaijan He doesn t have a popular mandate to do it Saghatelyan said an opposition rally would be held in the capital Yerevan on Monday night saying the protests will not stop until Pashinyan leaves Public transportation was disrupted in Yerevan on Monday morning as small groups of protesters attempted to block traffic in the city center Police intervened and briefly detained dozens of protesters The Union of Journalists a media advocacy group criticized police tactics as heavy handed and said there were several cases in which officers beat journalists covering opposition protests On Sunday several thousand protesters gathered in central Yerevan to demand Pashinyan s resignation Under the Moscow brokered deal Armenia ceded swaths of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia opposition vows to unseat PM over Karabakh
     Opposition parties in Armenia on Monday vowed to stage mass protests and topple Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accusing him of plotting to cede a disputed region to archenemy Azerbaijan Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute since the 1990s over the Armenian populated region of Nagorno Karabakh in Azerbaijan The mountainous enclave was at the center of a six week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6 500 lives before it ended with a Russian brokered ceasefire agreement Opposition parties now accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh We are launching a popular protest movement to force Pashinyan to resign deputy speaker of parliament and opposition leader Ishkhan Saghatelyan told AFP on Monday He is a traitor he has lied to the people he said accusing the 46 year old leader of wanting to hand over the disputed region to Azerbaijan He doesn t have a popular mandate to do it Saghatelyan said an opposition rally would be held in the capital Yerevan on Monday night saying the protests will not stop until Pashinyan leaves Public transportation was disrupted in Yerevan on Monday morning as small groups of protesters attempted to block traffic in the city center Police intervened and briefly detained dozens of protesters The Union of Journalists a media advocacy group criticized police tactics as heavy handed and said there were several cases in which officers beat journalists covering opposition protests On Sunday several thousand protesters gathered in central Yerevan to demand Pashinyan s resignation Under the Moscow brokered deal Armenia ceded swaths of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2 000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti government protests prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30 000 lives
    Armenia opposition vows to unseat PM over Karabakh
    Foreign5 months ago

    Armenia opposition vows to unseat PM over Karabakh

    Opposition parties in Armenia on Monday vowed to stage mass protests and topple Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, accusing him of plotting to cede a disputed region to archenemy Azerbaijan.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute since the 1990s over the Armenian-populated region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.

    The mountainous enclave was at the center of a six-week war in 2020 that claimed more than 6,500 lives before it ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement.

    Opposition parties now accuse Pashinyan of plans to cede all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he told lawmakers last month that "the international community calls on Armenia to reduce demands on Karabakh."

    "We are launching a popular protest movement to force Pashinyan to resign," deputy speaker of parliament and opposition leader Ishkhan Saghatelyan told AFP on Monday.

    “He is a traitor, he has lied to the people,” he said, accusing the 46-year-old leader of wanting to hand over the disputed region to Azerbaijan. "He doesn't have a popular mandate to do it."

    Saghatelyan said an opposition rally would be held in the capital Yerevan on Monday night, saying "the protests will not stop until Pashinyan leaves."

    Public transportation was disrupted in Yerevan on Monday morning as small groups of protesters attempted to block traffic in the city center.

    Police intervened and briefly detained dozens of protesters.

    The Union of Journalists, a media advocacy group, criticized police tactics as heavy-handed and said there were several cases in which officers beat journalists covering opposition protests.

    On Sunday, several thousand protesters gathered in central Yerevan to demand Pashinyan's resignation.

    Under the Moscow-brokered deal, Armenia ceded swaths of territory it had controlled for decades and Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to oversee the truce.

    The pact was seen in Armenia as a national humiliation and sparked weeks of anti-government protests, prompting Pashinyan to call early parliamentary elections that his Civil Contract party won last September.

    Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Subsequent conflicts claimed around 30,000 lives.

  •  Armenian President Armen Sargsyan announced on Sunday that he would step down from his largely ceremonial post citing his office s inability to influence policy in times of national crisis The announcement comes in the wake of a period of instability in the small ex Soviet Caucasus nation struggling economically in the wake of a war with longtime rival Azerbaijan Armenia s humiliating defeat and loss of the disputed territory in late 2020 ultimately sparked massive street demonstrations and an internal crisis that pitted Sarkisian against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan This is not a decision driven by emotions and stems from specific logic Sargsian said in a statement on his official website The president does not have the necessary tools to influence important foreign and domestic policy processes at difficult times for the people and the country he said At the heart of that disagreement was the dismissal of the Armenian military chief of staff and Sargsyan had refused to sign an order from Pashinyan to transfer him in a blow to the embattled prime minister The outgoing president said at the time that the crisis could not be calmed by frequent personnel changes Sarkisian in his statement Sunday night lambasted a reality where the president cannot veto laws he believes are bad for the people and the country He added that various political groups in the landlocked country see the office of the presidency not as a blessing for Armenia but as a danger to them Call for legal reforms I hope that the constitutional changes will eventually be implemented and that the next president and the presidential administration will be able to operate in a more balanced environment the statement added The war which left more than 6 000 dead saw Russian peacekeepers deployed in the disputed mountainous region Armenia s constitution stipulates that the parliament which is controlled by parties aligned with Pashinyan must hold a vote to decide the next president within 35 days A former professor of physics Armen Sargsyan was born in 1953 in the capital Yerevan He served as prime minister between 1996 and 1997 according to an official biography He was the Armenian ambassador to the UK when he was elected president in March 2018 by the legislature with a large majority The announcement of Sarkisian s resignation comes shortly after a visit to the United Arab Emirates after which his office announced that he would be absent for medical checks without giving details Armenia s economy has struggled since the Soviet collapse and money sent home by Armenians abroad has helped build schools churches and other infrastructure projects including in Nagorno Karabakh Armenia has a large and politically powerful diaspora spread across the world in the wake of the Ottoman era massacres now estimated at 10 million people mostly in Russia the United States and France Source Credit TheGuardian
    Armenian president quits over lack of influence in ‘difficult times’
     Armenian President Armen Sargsyan announced on Sunday that he would step down from his largely ceremonial post citing his office s inability to influence policy in times of national crisis The announcement comes in the wake of a period of instability in the small ex Soviet Caucasus nation struggling economically in the wake of a war with longtime rival Azerbaijan Armenia s humiliating defeat and loss of the disputed territory in late 2020 ultimately sparked massive street demonstrations and an internal crisis that pitted Sarkisian against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan This is not a decision driven by emotions and stems from specific logic Sargsian said in a statement on his official website The president does not have the necessary tools to influence important foreign and domestic policy processes at difficult times for the people and the country he said At the heart of that disagreement was the dismissal of the Armenian military chief of staff and Sargsyan had refused to sign an order from Pashinyan to transfer him in a blow to the embattled prime minister The outgoing president said at the time that the crisis could not be calmed by frequent personnel changes Sarkisian in his statement Sunday night lambasted a reality where the president cannot veto laws he believes are bad for the people and the country He added that various political groups in the landlocked country see the office of the presidency not as a blessing for Armenia but as a danger to them Call for legal reforms I hope that the constitutional changes will eventually be implemented and that the next president and the presidential administration will be able to operate in a more balanced environment the statement added The war which left more than 6 000 dead saw Russian peacekeepers deployed in the disputed mountainous region Armenia s constitution stipulates that the parliament which is controlled by parties aligned with Pashinyan must hold a vote to decide the next president within 35 days A former professor of physics Armen Sargsyan was born in 1953 in the capital Yerevan He served as prime minister between 1996 and 1997 according to an official biography He was the Armenian ambassador to the UK when he was elected president in March 2018 by the legislature with a large majority The announcement of Sarkisian s resignation comes shortly after a visit to the United Arab Emirates after which his office announced that he would be absent for medical checks without giving details Armenia s economy has struggled since the Soviet collapse and money sent home by Armenians abroad has helped build schools churches and other infrastructure projects including in Nagorno Karabakh Armenia has a large and politically powerful diaspora spread across the world in the wake of the Ottoman era massacres now estimated at 10 million people mostly in Russia the United States and France Source Credit TheGuardian
    Armenian president quits over lack of influence in ‘difficult times’
    Foreign8 months ago

    Armenian president quits over lack of influence in ‘difficult times’

    Armenian President Armen Sargsyan announced on Sunday that he would step down from his largely ceremonial post, citing his office's inability to influence policy in times of national crisis.

    The announcement comes in the wake of a period of instability in the small ex-Soviet Caucasus nation struggling economically in the wake of a war with longtime rival Azerbaijan.

    Armenia's humiliating defeat and loss of the disputed territory in late 2020 ultimately sparked massive street demonstrations and an internal crisis that pitted Sarkisian against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

    "This is not a decision driven by emotions and stems from specific logic," Sargsian said in a statement on his official website.

    "The president does not have the necessary tools to influence important foreign and domestic policy processes at difficult times for the people and the country," he said.

    At the heart of that disagreement was the dismissal of the Armenian military chief of staff, and Sargsyan had refused to sign an order from Pashinyan to transfer him, in a blow to the embattled prime minister.

    The outgoing president said at the time that the crisis could not be calmed by frequent personnel changes.

    Sarkisian, in his statement Sunday night, lambasted a "reality where the president cannot veto laws he believes are bad for the people and the country."

    He added that various political groups in the landlocked country see the office of the presidency not as a blessing for Armenia but as "a danger to them."

    Call for legal reforms
    "I hope that the constitutional changes will eventually be implemented and that the next president and the presidential administration will be able to operate in a more balanced environment," the statement added.

    The war, which left more than 6,000 dead, saw Russian peacekeepers deployed in the disputed mountainous region.

    Armenia's constitution stipulates that the parliament, which is controlled by parties aligned with Pashinyan, must hold a vote to decide the next president within 35 days.

    A former professor of physics, Armen Sargsyan, was born in 1953 in the capital Yerevan. He served as prime minister between 1996 and 1997, according to an official biography.

    He was the Armenian ambassador to the UK when he was elected president in March 2018 by the legislature with a large majority.

    The announcement of Sarkisian's resignation comes shortly after a visit to the United Arab Emirates, after which his office announced that he would be absent for medical checks, without giving details.

    Armenia's economy has struggled since the Soviet collapse and money sent home by Armenians abroad has helped build schools, churches and other infrastructure projects, including in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Armenia has a large and politically powerful diaspora spread across the world in the wake of the Ottoman-era massacres, now estimated at 10 million people, mostly in Russia, the United States and France.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   In light of the unrest in Kazakhstan Russia has deployed soldiers to the central Asian country state news agencies reported on Thursday The paratroopers have been dispatched as part of a peacekeeping force several Russian agencies reported Thursday citing the Collective Security Treaty Organization CSTO a Russian led military alliance of former Soviet states The military alliance had already declared overnight that it would comply with Kazakhstan s request for help Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Facebook that the soldiers should be sent for a limited period of time to stabilize and normalize the situation in the country Kazakhstan had asked the alliance for help in restoring order after riots broke out during rare mass protests over high energy prices In response President Kassym Jomart Tokayev removed the government before the military intervened in the city of Almaty on Wednesday night Tokayev called the riots an undermining of the integrity of the state Dozens of people were killed in riots in Kazakhstan s economic metropolis Almaty reports said Thursday People tried to raid several police buildings overnight a spokesman for the Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by Kazakh television station Khabar 24 according to the Russian state news agency TASS Dozens of attackers were killed according to the report Now their identities are being established suggesting there may have been victims Internet sites belonging to the Kazakh media could not be accessed from outside the country on Thursday morning Therefore the exact situation was not clear so far the authorities had only officially confirmed the deaths of eight policemen and soldiers So far no information on civilian casualties has been received On Wednesday night the military intervened Since then operations have been carried out in various parts of the city of Almaty against the protesters who are also reportedly armed Residents have been asked to stay in safe places and avoid the streets The biggest wave of protests in years was sparked by resentment over the significant rise in fuel prices at service stations in the oil and gas rich former Soviet republic of more than 18 million people They turned into protests against the government dpa NAN
    Russia deploys troops to Kazakhstan as mass protests grip country
      In light of the unrest in Kazakhstan Russia has deployed soldiers to the central Asian country state news agencies reported on Thursday The paratroopers have been dispatched as part of a peacekeeping force several Russian agencies reported Thursday citing the Collective Security Treaty Organization CSTO a Russian led military alliance of former Soviet states The military alliance had already declared overnight that it would comply with Kazakhstan s request for help Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Facebook that the soldiers should be sent for a limited period of time to stabilize and normalize the situation in the country Kazakhstan had asked the alliance for help in restoring order after riots broke out during rare mass protests over high energy prices In response President Kassym Jomart Tokayev removed the government before the military intervened in the city of Almaty on Wednesday night Tokayev called the riots an undermining of the integrity of the state Dozens of people were killed in riots in Kazakhstan s economic metropolis Almaty reports said Thursday People tried to raid several police buildings overnight a spokesman for the Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by Kazakh television station Khabar 24 according to the Russian state news agency TASS Dozens of attackers were killed according to the report Now their identities are being established suggesting there may have been victims Internet sites belonging to the Kazakh media could not be accessed from outside the country on Thursday morning Therefore the exact situation was not clear so far the authorities had only officially confirmed the deaths of eight policemen and soldiers So far no information on civilian casualties has been received On Wednesday night the military intervened Since then operations have been carried out in various parts of the city of Almaty against the protesters who are also reportedly armed Residents have been asked to stay in safe places and avoid the streets The biggest wave of protests in years was sparked by resentment over the significant rise in fuel prices at service stations in the oil and gas rich former Soviet republic of more than 18 million people They turned into protests against the government dpa NAN
    Russia deploys troops to Kazakhstan as mass protests grip country
    Headlines9 months ago

    Russia deploys troops to Kazakhstan as mass protests grip country

    In light of the unrest in Kazakhstan, Russia has deployed soldiers to the central Asian country, state news agencies reported on Thursday.

    The paratroopers have been dispatched as part of a peacekeeping force, several Russian agencies reported Thursday, citing the Collective Security Treaty Organization, CSTO, a Russian-led military alliance of former Soviet states.

    The military alliance had already declared overnight that it would comply with Kazakhstan's request for help.

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Facebook that the soldiers should be sent for a limited period of time to stabilize and normalize the situation in the country.

    Kazakhstan had asked the alliance for help in restoring order after riots broke out during rare mass protests over high energy prices.

    In response, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev removed the government before the military intervened in the city of Almaty on Wednesday night.

    Tokayev called the riots "an undermining of the integrity of the state."

    Dozens of people were killed in riots in Kazakhstan's economic metropolis Almaty, reports said Thursday.

    People tried to raid several police buildings overnight, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry was quoted as saying by Kazakh television station Khabar 24, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.

    Dozens of attackers were killed, according to the report.

    Now their identities are being established, suggesting there may have been victims.

    Internet sites belonging to the Kazakh media could not be accessed from outside the country on Thursday morning.

    Therefore, the exact situation was not clear, so far, the authorities had only officially confirmed the deaths of eight policemen and soldiers.

    So far no information on civilian casualties has been received.

    On Wednesday night the military intervened.

    Since then, operations have been carried out in various parts of the city of Almaty against the protesters, who are also reportedly armed.

    Residents have been asked to stay in safe places and avoid the streets.

    The biggest wave of protests in years was sparked by resentment over the significant rise in fuel prices at service stations in the oil and gas-rich former Soviet republic of more than 18 million people.

    They turned into protests against the government.

    dpa / NAN

  •   An opposition leader in Armenia s parliament Gagik Tsarukyan and several other prominent figures have been detained for organising mass protests against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan investigators said on Thursday Thousands of protesters gathered in central Yerevan on Wednesday after Pashinyan agreed to make significant territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan in a deal to end a bloody six week flare up between the two former Soviet republics A former vice speaker of Armenia s national parliament Eduard Sharmazanov and a former head of Armenia s National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan were listed among those detained They have been accused of organising rallies in violation of the law the Special Investigation Service said in a statement Armenia had forbidden rallies as it declared martial law amid the flare up with Azerbaijan More than 1 000 people were reported killed in the flare up for control of the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region which for decades has been largely occupied by Christian Armenian troops but is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter killing two crew members According to the deal Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region including the Agdam Kalbajar and Lachin districts and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2 000 troops The recent fighting which began in late September was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s Edited By Halima Sheji Obike Ukoh Source NAN
    Armenian opposition leader detained in clampdown on protests
      An opposition leader in Armenia s parliament Gagik Tsarukyan and several other prominent figures have been detained for organising mass protests against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan investigators said on Thursday Thousands of protesters gathered in central Yerevan on Wednesday after Pashinyan agreed to make significant territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan in a deal to end a bloody six week flare up between the two former Soviet republics A former vice speaker of Armenia s national parliament Eduard Sharmazanov and a former head of Armenia s National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan were listed among those detained They have been accused of organising rallies in violation of the law the Special Investigation Service said in a statement Armenia had forbidden rallies as it declared martial law amid the flare up with Azerbaijan More than 1 000 people were reported killed in the flare up for control of the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region which for decades has been largely occupied by Christian Armenian troops but is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter killing two crew members According to the deal Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region including the Agdam Kalbajar and Lachin districts and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2 000 troops The recent fighting which began in late September was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s Edited By Halima Sheji Obike Ukoh Source NAN
    Armenian opposition leader detained in clampdown on protests
    Foreign2 years ago

    Armenian opposition leader detained in clampdown on protests

    An opposition leader in Armenia’s parliament, Gagik Tsarukyan, and several other prominent figures have been detained for organising mass protests against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, investigators said on Thursday.

    Thousands of protesters gathered in central Yerevan on Wednesday after Pashinyan agreed to make significant territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan in a deal to end a bloody six-week flare-up  between the two former Soviet republics.

    A former vice speaker of Armenia’s national parliament, Eduard Sharmazanov, and a former head of Armenia’s National Security Service, Artur Vanetsyan, were listed among those detained.

    “They have been accused of organising rallies in violation of the law,’’ the Special Investigation Service said in a statement.

    “Armenia had forbidden rallies as it declared martial law amid the flare-up with Azerbaijan.’’

    More than 1,000 people were reported killed in the flare-up for control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which for decades has been largely occupied by Christian Armenian troops, but is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

    Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi – Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter, killing two crew members.

    According to the deal, Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region, including the Agdam, Kalbajar and Lachin districts, and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2,000 troops.

    The recent fighting, which began in late September, was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Obike Ukoh
    Source: NAN

  •   Thousands of protesters on Wednesday gathered in central Yerevan with many demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following a peace deal that provided territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan The deal through which Armenia formally lose control of several parts of the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region ended a six week fight between those former Soviet republics during which more than 1 000 people were reported killed Protesters shouted Nikol is a traitor on Liberty Square amid clashes with police Armenian state media reported that more than 120 people were detained Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia earlier this week after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter killing two crew members According to the deal Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region including the Agdam Kalbajar and Lachin districts and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2 000 troops Largely controlled by Christian Armenian troops for more than a quarter of a century Nagorno Karabakh is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan Azerbaijan has described its recent military engagement as intended to enable the return of ethnic Azerbaijanis to Nagorno Karabakh The fighting which began in late September was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since they fought a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the Soviet dissolution Edited By Halima Sheji Julius Enehikhuere Source NAN
    Thousands protest in Armenia after deal ceding land to Azerbaijan
      Thousands of protesters on Wednesday gathered in central Yerevan with many demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following a peace deal that provided territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan The deal through which Armenia formally lose control of several parts of the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region ended a six week fight between those former Soviet republics during which more than 1 000 people were reported killed Protesters shouted Nikol is a traitor on Liberty Square amid clashes with police Armenian state media reported that more than 120 people were detained Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia earlier this week after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter killing two crew members According to the deal Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region including the Agdam Kalbajar and Lachin districts and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2 000 troops Largely controlled by Christian Armenian troops for more than a quarter of a century Nagorno Karabakh is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan Azerbaijan has described its recent military engagement as intended to enable the return of ethnic Azerbaijanis to Nagorno Karabakh The fighting which began in late September was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since they fought a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the Soviet dissolution Edited By Halima Sheji Julius Enehikhuere Source NAN
    Thousands protest in Armenia after deal ceding land to Azerbaijan
    Foreign2 years ago

    Thousands protest in Armenia after deal ceding land to Azerbaijan

    Thousands of protesters on Wednesday gathered in central Yerevan, with many demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, following a peace deal that provided territorial concessions to neighbouring Azerbaijan.

    The deal, through which Armenia formally lose control of several parts of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, ended a six-week fight between those former Soviet republics during which more than 1,000 people were reported killed.

    Protesters shouted, “Nikol is a traitor,’’ on Liberty Square amid clashes with police. Armenian state media reported that more than 120 people were detained.

    Pashinyan agreed to the peace deal with Azerbaijan and regional power Russia earlier this week after Armenian forces lost control of the strategically important town of Shushi – Shusha in Azerbaijani and Azerbaijan admitted to shooting down a Russian helicopter, killing two crew members.

    According to the deal, Armenia was to cede control of significant territory in the disputed region, including the Agdam, Kalbajar and Lachin districts and Russia was to deploy a peacekeeping force of almost 2,000 troops.

    Largely controlled by Christian Armenian troops for more than a quarter of a century, Nagorno-Karabakh is considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan has described its recent military engagement as intended to enable the return of ethnic Azerbaijanis to Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The fighting, which began in late September, was the deadliest between Azerbaijan and Armenia since they fought a war in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the Soviet dissolution.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Julius Enehikhuere
    Source: NAN