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Friday 27 November 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian Family Burns Home ahead of Azerbaijan Handover

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YEREVAN (RT via Ruptly) — An ethnic Armenian family in the Kaljabar district of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region prepared to leave their home on Tuesday, ahead of the territory being ceded to Azerbaijan as part of a Russian-brokered truce deal.

Lilit Chobanyan said that this will be the third time that she has been forced to leave her home, after fleeing during the 1990s Nagorno-Karabakh war and also once during the recent conflict.

“It’s so painful. Unbearably painful. Your entire life you build and build, try to make life a little more comfortable, so you have something good in your life - and then one day it just all disappears. Gone”, Chobanyan said. “If a dog is killed or mistreated in Europe, the whole world condemns it. What was our crime? What did we do that no one even objected to all the civilians being killed here?” she asked.

As many villagers in Nagorno-Karabakh have done before fleeing to Armenia, Chobanyan’s husband Igor Tevosyan also decided to set their home on fire rather than hand it over to Azerbaijan.

Following six weeks of hostilities, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 9. Under the terms of the deal, 1,960 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the disputed region to monitor the ceasefire.

In addition, the agreement sees Azerbaijan obtaining control of the territory it has taken during the six-week conflict, and Armenia relinquishing control of further areas it has held since the Nagorno-Karabakh War in the 1990s.

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