Live updates: Some Armenian residents of Kalbajar burn homes

13 November 2020
Still from video. Source: BBC.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have agreed to a peace deal to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

[photo caption: Still from video. Source: BBC] 

According to the deal, Armenia will hand control of several territories to Azerbaijan but the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh is undefined. 

Russian peacekeepers have already entered Nagorno Karabakh to oversee the deal.

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13 Nov 2020, 18:25

Nagorno-Karabakh President: Martakert-Kalbajar-Vardenis highway to remain under Armenian control for now

Nagorno-Karabakh President Arayik Harutyunyan has announced that the Martakert (Aghdara)-Kalbajar (Karvachar)-Vardenis highway connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia will remain under Armenian control for an unspecified period of time. 

He also stated that Nagorno-Karabakh residents who have lost their homes due to the war will be resettled, primarily in Stepanakert. He stated that they will stay ‘temporarily’ in hotels and apartments that will be paid for by the state. 

‘No citizen will be left out and the government will work to immediately solve all our compatriots' social problems’, he said.

13 Nov 2020, 16:28

Another protest begins in Yerevan

At least 1,000 people have gathered at Yerevan’s Freedom Square to protest against the terms of the recent peace deal and to call for the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. An AFP journalist on-location reports that several protesters have been detained by police

13 Nov 2020, 16:10

Armenia: Confirmed number of fatalities among soldiers rises to 1383

The number of Armenian soldiers confirmed to have been killed since the fighting began has risen to 1383, the Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry reports.

13 Nov 2020, 15:42

Azerbaijani MP calls on Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia to resign

Azerbaijani MP Vahid Ahmadov has called for Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbul Oglu to resign, Sputnik reports. 

Earlier in the day, Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev criticised comments made by Bulbul Oglu about the Russian helicopter shot down by Azerbaijani forces over Armenia. The ambassador had quipped that ‘a war is a war’ when referencing the incident.  

Hajiyev also reportedly stated that he considered his statements about the status of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan unacceptable.

‘The heads of Azerbaijan’s diplomatic missions abroad and other officials should refrain from arbitrary statements that contradict the official position of the country and the policy pursued by the president’, Hajiyev said.

13 Nov 2020, 13:38

Some Armenian residents of Kalbajar burn homes

The BBC has reported that as the Armenian population evacuates Kalbajar (Karvachar) and other territories soon to come under the control of Azerbaijani authorities, some are burning their homes. 

I’ve built this house from scratch’, one resident told a BBC journalist. ‘If my children can’t use this house, then no one can.’