Azerbaijanis Celebrate End of Armenian Occupation in Karabakh

Canan Kevser
10 November 2020, 11:45
Canan Kevser
10 November 2020, 11:45

Azerbaijanis celebrated the signing of a deal early Tuesday ending the 30-year-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which was deemed as a victory for Azerbaijan and defeat for Armenia.

They took to the streets after President Ilham Aliyev described the agreement reached to halt fighting over the region as the defeat of Armenia.

The capital Baku was the scene of enthusiastic celebrations despite the early hour, with thousands of people carrying both Azerbaijani and Turkish flags.

In his televised address, 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.

Previously on Sunday, November 8, Azerbaijani army has liberated the key city of Shusha in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Gaining control of Shusha was a major victory for Azerbaijani forces, who have been making gains against Armenian separatist fighters.

Karabakh remains a part of Azerbaijan under international law.

Relations between the two former Soviet republics over Upper Karabakh have remained tense since 1991, but fresh clashes broke out on September 27.

Since then, Armenia has repeatedly attacked Azerbaijani civilians and forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fire agreements.

About 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.