Armenia, Russia,Azerbaijan sign agreement to end Karabakh war

TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) – The Prime Minister of Armenia announced over the signing of an agreement between Russian officials, Azerbaijan, and Armenia so as to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Issuing a statement, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that his country has signed an agreement with Russia and the Republic of Azerbaijan to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, the decision was painful for him but had to be made in the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in accordance with the joint statement, Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh along the corridor connecting the region with Armenia and along the contact line, according to Sputnik. 

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the agreement on cessation of hostilities in Karabakh puts an end to the settlement of the conflict. He called the new ceasefire agreement historic and said it would end the bloodshed and lead to long-lasting peace.

The joint statement came after the Azerbaijani side said it seized control of the Shushi (Shusha) - the second-largest city in Nagorno-Karabach, as the Azerbaijani forces were closing in on the capital of the self-proclaimed republic. Baku said it would end fighting if Pashinyan guarantees that the Armenian troops will be withdrawn from the regions of Aghdam, Kalbajar, and Lachin.

The following is the full text of the agreement signed by heads of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, as published by Trend News Agency:

1. A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shall be introduced at 00:00 hours Moscow time on 10 November 2020. The Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, hereinafter referred to as the Parties, shall stop at their current positions.

2. Aghdam district and the territories held by the Armenian Party in Gazakh district of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall be returned to the Azerbaijan Party before 20 November 2020.

3. Along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor, a peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation shall be deployed in the amount of 1,960 military personnel with small arms, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 units of automobile and special equipment.

4. The peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation shall be deployed in parallel with the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces. The peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation shall be deployed for a period of five years with automatic extension by further five-year periods if none of the Parties declares six months before the expiration of the period of its intention to terminate the application of this provision.

5. In order to increase the effectiveness of control over the implementation of the agreements by the Parties to the conflict, a peacekeeping center shall be deployed to exercise control over the ceasefire.

6. The Republic of Armenia shall return Kalbajar district to the Republic of Azerbaijan before 15 November 2020 and Lachin district before 1 December 2020, while retaining the Lachin corridor (5km wide), which shall provide a connection of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia and shall not affect the city of Shusha.

By agreement of the Parties, a plan for the construction of a new route along the Lachin corridor shall be determined in the next three years, providing communication between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, with subsequent redeployment of the Russian peacekeeping contingent to protect this route. The Republic of Azerbaijan shall guarantee the safety of citizens, vehicles and goods traveling along the Lachin corridor in both directions.

7. Internally displaced persons and refugees shall return to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent districts under the control of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

8. The exchange of prisoners of war and other detainees and bodies of the dead shall be carried out.

9. All economic and transport links in the region shall be unblocked. The Republic of Armenia shall provide for transport communication between the western regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in order to organize unhindered movement of citizens, vehicles and goods in both directions. Control over transport shall be exercised by the bodies of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.

By agreement of the Parties, the construction of new transport communications linking the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with the western regions of Azerbaijan shall be provided.

RHM/SPUTNIK

News Code 165727

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