Rage in Armenia Follows Armistice Agreement
Discussed in a separate article, Russia brokered an armistice agreement with leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to end weeks of conflict since late September.
Nearly 2,000 Russian peacekeepers are being deployed along the line of control in Nagorno Karabakh in hopes of securing what three previous ceasefires failed to accomplish.
Both warring sides agreed that their mission with continue for five years — followed by five more years if both sides agree.
Longstanding festering issues between Yerevan and Baku remain unresolved.
Longstanding disputes need to be settled for peace to hold longterm.
Otherwise conflict could resume. Fighting since September 27 went in Baku’s favor, regaining control over territory lost in the mid-1990s.
Russian diplomacy and peacekeepers on the ground may be the only chance to achieve and maintain a durable peace going forward.
So far and for some time to come it’s unclear whether what couldn’t be achieved for decades is possible now.
Both sides will regroup and rearm. Armenia agreed to halt conflict this time to cut its losses.
Prime Minister Pashinyah faces stiff domestic opposition. According to Tass on Monday, Armenians in Yerevan broke through a cordon, “bursting into the Armenian government’s” building.
Prime Minister Pashinyan’s residence may be threatened.
Anti-government demonstrations continue near Armenia’s parliament, the facility stormed, its speaker assaulted.
Reportedly he’s badly hurt, protesters demanding Pashinyan resign, shouting:
“He should leave, and the agreement should be annulled…(He) betrayed us.”
Away from his residence at an undisclosed location, he said Yerevan protesters involved in violence will be punished.
On Tuesday, a statement by Armenia’s Defense Ministry and General Staff of its armed forces, calling for calm failed to curb public anger.
Pashinyan had no choice but to accept a Russian brokered armistice.
Azeri forces captured the strategic town of Shusha, putting them within striking distance of Nagorno Karabakh’s key city of Stepanakert.
The enclave’s leader Arayik Harutyunyah said he agreed with armistice terms proposed by Russia, adding:
“If the fighting had continued, we would have lost the whole of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) within a few days, and we would have had more victims.”
Armenian President Armen Sarkisyan said he wasn’t involved in the armistice, learning of it through media reports.
Azeri forces clearly got the better of things. If fighting continued for days or weeks longer, they’d have captured more territory.
Armenia had no choice but to cut its losses and agree to cessation of conflict.
Will it last and for how long remain unknowns.
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