By signing a deal with Azerbaijan and Russia to end the conflict in Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has ‘admitted defeat’, reported Turkey-based media portal TRT World.
Pashinyan took to Facebook to announce that he had signed what he referred to as “painful” agreement during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“I have signed a statement with the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan on the termination of the Karabakh war,” Pashinyan said in a statement posted on his Facebook page, calling the move “unspeakably painful for me personally and for our people.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the agreement and added that a ‘ceasefire had commenced from 2100 GMT’.
Saying that the deal signed showed it was a clear defeat of Armenia, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was quoted saying: “The liberation of around 300 settlements since September 27 has broken the back of the Armenian army,”
Azerbaijan’s president described a deal reached early Tuesday to halt fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region as the ‘defeat of Armenia’.
Aliyev announced the end of the Karabakh conflict between Baku and Yerevan with the new agreement.
Saying ‘the liberation’ of around 300 settlements since September 27 in the region has ‘weakened the Armenian army’, Aliyev said Pashinyan signed the agreement due to Baku’s “iron fist,” not Yerevan’s own will.
BREAKING: Armenian leader Pashinyan says that, after a phone conversation with his Russian & Azeri counterparts, he’s agreed to a peace deal: “I've signed a statement on the termination of the Karabakh war,” a decision he calls “extremely painful.” pic.twitter.com/1RzvERqJO6
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Aliyev said Agdam District will be delivered to Baku as of November 20 while Kalbajar will be returned by November 15 and Lachin by December 1.
The Azerbaijani president said Russia will deploy 1,960 soldiers and 90 armoured vehicles of its peacekeeping forces on the Nagorno-Karabakh contact line and in the Lachin Corridor.
He also announced a Turkish and Russia joint peacekeeping mission in Karabakh.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics over Nagorno-Karabakh have remained tense since 1991 with the latest clashes starting in September.
Since then, three ceasefires have been violated, as Armenia has repeatedly attacked Azerbaijani civilians and forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fire agreements.
In total, about 20 per cent of Azerbaijan’s territory has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.