Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian Prime Minister signs agreement to end war with Azerbaijan and Russia | Armenia


Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he signed an agreement with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia to end the military conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Tuesday morning after more than a month of bloodshed.

The statement follows six weeks of heavy fighting and progress by Azerbaijani forces. Officials in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, said on Monday they had seized dozens of other settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, a day after proclaiming victory in the battle for the second largest strategically positioned city in the enclave.

“The decision is made based on extensive analysis of the combat situation and in discussion with top experts in the field,” Pashinyan said on social media early Tuesday morning.

“It’s not a victory but there is no defeat until you consider yourself defeated. We will never consider ourselves defeated and this will become the new beginning of an era of our national unity and our rebirth.

Pashinyan said the decision was “very painful”. He said the deal would come into effect at 1 a.m. on Tuesday (Monday 9 p.m. GMT), ending six weeks of fierce clashes over the disputed region that left hundreds dead.

He said the deal was “the best possible solution to the current situation”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement Tuesday that Russian peacekeepers would be deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh following the stop-fighting agreement. He said he hoped that the agreement “will put in place the necessary conditions for a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.”

There was no immediate official reaction from Baku.

Arayik Harutyunyan, the head of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, said on Facebook that he had agreed “to end the war as soon as possible”.

Earlier, Azerbaijan had said its forces had shot down the Russian military helicopter as it flew over Armenia. The incident occurred about 70 km (45 miles) from Nagorno-Karabakh, but Azerbaijan said the war contributed to it.

Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on September 27. The region has been under the control of Armenian ethnic forces backed by Armenia since 1994.

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