Azerbaijan Forces Occupy Armenia-ceded Zone in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan’s army announced it has entered the district of Aghdam, one of three ceded by Armenia as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal to end the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan’s army announced it has entered the district of Aghdam, one of three ceded by Armenia as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal to end the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“Units of the Azerbaijan Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20,” said Azerbaijan’s defense ministry.

The Azerbaijanis arrived just after Armenian troops set fire to a number of structures in the Aghdam district while forces were withdrawing from the Nagorno-Karabakh the day before. 

As part of the peace deal, Armenia agreed to return some 15 to 20 percent of the Nagorno-Karabakh territory seized by Azerbaijan during the recent conflicts, including the historical town of Shusha.

Nagorno-Karabakh is located within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. 

Kalbajar, as well as the Lachin district, would also be ceded by Dec. 1 but were also razed by it’s occupants after that signing of the peace deal.  


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