YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday accused Azerbaijan of capturing dozens of ethnic Armenian servicemen, in violation of a peace deal that ended six weeks of ferocious preventing over the area.
Arayik Harutyunyan, the president of Nagorno-Karabakh, stated a number of dozen members of the area’s self-defense forces had been captured. Nagorno-Karabakh human rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan put the quantity at about 60 ethnic Armenian servicemen, denouncing the Azerbaijani motion as “completely inadmissible.”
Later, the Nagorno-Karabakh navy stated 73 of its troopers have gone lacking. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities didn’t say precisely when the incident came about. It got here throughout a flare-up of preventing final week.
There was no fast remark from Azerbaijani authorities.
Final week, Armenian and Azerbaijani officers accused one another of violating the Nov. 10 Russia-brokered peace settlement, which noticed Azerbaijan regain management over broad swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding lands that had been held by Armenian forces for greater than a quarter-century.
Russian peacekeepers monitoring the peace deal confirmed a flare-up of preventing within the Hadrut area on Friday, and shortly deployed to the realm to revive the cease-fire.
Armenia’s Protection Ministry stated Wednesday that the Russian peacekeepers helped ethnic Armenian servicemen encircled by the Azerbaijani military to depart the realm close to the villages of Khtsaberd and Hin Tager in Hadrut.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan charged that the Russian peacekeepers discovered themselves briefly surrounded by Azerbaijani troops throughout final week’s confrontation — a declare the Russian Protection Ministry shortly denied.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however was below the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist conflict there led to 1994. That conflict left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian fingers.
In 44 days of preventing that started in late September and left greater than 5,600 individuals killed on each side, the Azerbaijani military solid deep into Nagorno-Karabakh, forcing Armenia to just accept final month’s peace deal. Russia deployed almost 2,000 peacekeepers for a minimum of 5 years to watch the settlement and facilitate the return of refugees.
The peace deal despatched shockwaves by way of Armenia, triggering greater than a month of protests calling for the resignation of Pashinyan —who has rejected the calls for to step down. About 25,000 demonstrators marched throughout the Armenian capital, Yerevan, chanting “Nikol you traitor!” and “Armenia with out Nikol!”
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