Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army to disband in light of recent agreement

Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army to disband in light of recent agreement
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Armenia to withdraw forces as Russian-brokered negotiations secured a halt in military activities in Karabakh.

Following mediation by the Russian peacekeeping command in Nogorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), an accord was reached, taking effect at 13:00 on September 20, 2023, to cease all military actions.

According to the ARMTIMES, details of the agreement, as shared by Russian media outlets, underscore the notable terms. These include the mandated pull-out of the remaining Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia and associated military personnel from the deployment areas overseen by the Russian peacekeepers. A significant outcome of the accord is the disbandment and complete disarmament of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army.

To cement the terms of peace, it is stipulated that the heavy weaponry and military equipment currently stationed within Karabakh will be systematically evacuated for immediate disposal.

The statement adds, "Reintegration, the protection of the rights and safety of Karabakh's Armenians, and the assurance of their livelihood within the purview of Azerbaijan's Constitution are on the upcoming agenda. A pivotal meeting set for September 21, 2023, in Evlakh will convene representatives from Azerbaijan, local Armenian communities, and key officials from the Republic of Azerbaijan."

In related news, Artak Beglaryan, the former Minister of State for Nagorno-Karabakh, confirmed Azerbaijan's takeover of specific parts of Nagorno-Karabakh, encompassing prominent strategic positions and essential roads.

Beglaryan expounded on the burgeoning challenges confronting the residents. "Vital road links within parts of Artsakh have been disrupted, leading to regional blockades. This has put the local communities under an escalated threat of hostilities," he noted.