The president of the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Samvel Shajramanián, ordered the dissolution of the separatist entity on the territory of Azerbaijan.
“All state bodies and organizations dependent on them must be dissolved before January 1, 2024, and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) will cease to exist,” said the order reported by Armenian media. .
Likewise, he emphasized in a statement published on the Artsakh Presidency account on Telegram that the decision “takes into account the agreement reached with Azerbaijan, mediated by Russian peacekeeping troops, for free, voluntary and unrestricted passage of residents of Nagorno Karabakh, including the military who surrendered their weapons.
“The population of Nagorno Karabakh, including those outside the Republic, should familiarize themselves, after entering into force of this decree, with the conditions of reintegration presented by Azerbaijan to create an independent and individual decision on the possibility of staying in Nagorno Karabakh. Karabakh,” the statement emphasized.
Likewise, it emphasized that the decision “takes into account the agreement reached with Azerbaijan, mediated by Russian peacekeeping troops, for the free, voluntary and unrestricted passage of residents of Nagorno Karabakh, including military personnel who surrendered their weapons.” .
More than 65,000 have been displaced
Armenian authorities on Thursday raised to more than 65,000 the number of refugees who arrived in the country fleeing Nagorno Karabakh after Azerbaijan took over, representing more than half of the territory’s population before the offensive of lightning last week. Baku.
The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinian, stated on Sunday that the possibility of the Armenian population of the Nagorno Karabakh region moving to Armenia as part of the integration of the territory into Azerbaijan is increasing, before warning of the danger of a “ethnic cleansing.”
The Azeri authorities have always stated that their goal is for these people to stay in their homes and have promised to respect their rights, although Yerevan is skeptical about these commitments and tens of thousands of people chose to leave the area.