Kalbajar was anticipated to be handed over on November 15, however Azerbaijan agreed to delay the takeover after a request from Armenia.
The Azerbaijani military has entered the Kalbajar area, yet another territory ceded by Armenian forces in a peace settlement that ended lethal preventing over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry stated on Wednesday.
The deal, brokered by Russia two weeks in the past, stipulated that Armenia hand over management to Azerbaijan of some areas its holds.
The primary one, Agdam, was turned over final week.
Kalbajar was anticipated to be handed over on November 15, however Azerbaijan agreed to delay the takeover after a request from Armenia. Azerbaijani officers stated worsening climate situations made the withdrawal of Armenian forces and civilians troublesome alongside the only highway by mountainous territory that connects the area with Armenia.
Footage on Wednesday confirmed Azerbaijani troops slowly transferring by snowy terrain, in search of mines.
“Engineering work has been accomplished to make sure the motion of our models on this path, the troublesome mountain roads alongside the route of the troops’ motion are being cleared of mines and ready to be used,” the Azerbaijani defence ministry stated.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however has been underneath the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a battle there halted with a ceasefire in 1994. That battle left not solely Nagorno-Karabakh itself however substantial surrounding territory in Armenian fingers.
Heavy preventing over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out on September 27 and marked the largest escalation of the decades-old battle between the 2 ex-Soviet nations in additional than a quarter-century, killing tons of and presumably 1000’s of individuals.
The newest truce halted the violence after a number of failed makes an attempt to determine a long-lasting truce. It was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan, however sparked mass protests in Armenia, with 1000’s taking to the streets to demand the resignation of the nation’s prime minister.
Forward of the handover, some ethnic Armenians leaving Kalbajar set their homes on fireplace in a bitter farewell gesture.