After the Armenian separatist groups declared a ceasefire in Karabakh, the first meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian representatives ended. At the meeting held in Yevlah, Azerbaijan, ceasefire and reintegration were discussed. As the critical summit continued, tension rose in Yerevan.
Azerbaijan took the expected step for Karabakh and launched a military operation in the Karabakh region.
Azerbaijan, which achieved victory within 24 hours, ended the operation after its demands were met and the dialogue process began.
Representatives of the Armenian population in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region came to Yevlah, Azerbaijan, to meet with Azerbaijani officials.
The first meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian representatives, where the ceasefire and reintegration process will be discussed, has just ended.
Ramin Mammedov, who is responsible for contacts with the Armenian people living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, Bashir Hajiyev, Deputy Special Representative of the President of Azerbaijan for Karabakh, and Ilkin Sultanov from the special representative, attended the meeting from Azerbaijan.
The Armenian population is represented at the meeting by Sergey Martirosyan and David Melkumyan. A representative from the Russian peacekeeping force is also present at the meeting.
The selection of Yevlah for the talks has a symbolic importance. In 1988, the first Armenian blockade of Azerbaijan started here and the groundwork was prepared for the invasion.
In the statement made yesterday by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, it was stated that the anti-terrorism operation launched in Karabakh ended after the surrender of the Armenian armed groups, and the dialogue process began between the Armenian population and Azerbaijani representatives.
Russian President Putin and Azerbaijani President Aliyev evaluated the developments in Karabakh on the phone. Aliyev expressed his condolences to Putin for the death of Russian peacekeepers and said that an investigation would be conducted into the matter.
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Tension continues in Armenia. Thousands of demonstrators demanding Pashinyan’s resignation continue their protests in the streets.
During the protests, a government building was stoned and the police used tear gas against the demonstrators.
The debate between Pashinyan’s party, Civilian Contract deputies Hovik Aghazaryan and Hakob Aslanyan, and military families quickly turned into a fight.
In the images reflected in the local press, it was seen that one of the politicians was punched in front of the cameras.
HOW DID THE LATEST TENSION START?
The Lachin Corridor, the main road connecting the region to Armenia, is currently under the control of Russian peacekeepers. Armenians could send food and other supplies through this corridor passing through Azerbaijani territory.
However, Azerbaijani officials accuse Armenians of sending weapons to Nagorno-Karabakh in this way. That’s why no vehicles are allowed to pass through the area, except Red Cross ambulances.
Advisor to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, announced that Azerbaijan has prepared a comprehensive social and economic integration plan for Armenian residents in Karabakh.
Instead, he says, aid can be sent via the road from Agdam city in Azerbaijan to Khankendi.
Separatist officials, on the other hand, are worried that the Lachin Corridor will not be opened again if they agree to use this alternative route to the Lachin Corridor, and instead of asking for help from this route, they demand the farmers in the region to share the crops in their warehouses.
While Azerbaijan states that it will open the Lachin Corridor 24 hours after the Agdam Road is used, Armenians do not want to legitimize this new road.