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  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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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