Activists Urge Armenian Prime Minister to Resign

Activists Urge Armenian Prime Minister to Resign

Protesters are urging Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down from office after inking a deal with Russia to turn over areas of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan.

Some 10,000 activists drawn by opposition parties stormed the streets and clashed with police on Wednesday, demanding Pashinyan to “go away,” while tagging him as a “traitor.”

Armenian opposition politicians on the same day said the agreement Pashinyan agreed upon was “treacherous” and “humiliating.” They said they were drafting a plan to remove the prime minister and his team from power.

Ishkhan Saghatelyan, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation- Dashnaktsutyun political party, said during the protest: “We need to save Armenia and Artsakh from Pashinian.”

It can be learned that Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a truce on Monday night following decades of conflict, on conditions that Armenia will give significant territorial concessions to Azerbaijan following the latter’s largest offensive in a generation in a bid to reclaim Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding regions.

Under the agreement, the Armenian forces will turn over some areas outside the borders of the disputed enclave to the hands of the Azerbaijan government. This includes the eastern district of Agdam which is an area that carries strong symbolic Azerbaijan as its main city, which is similarly called Agdam, was thoroughly pillaged and the only building remaining intact is the city’s mosque.

The Lachin region will also be turned over to Azerbaijan. It holds the main road leading from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

Meanwhile, the so-called Lachin corridor will also remain open and protected by the Russian peacekeepers while Stepanakert will remain under the control of the Armenian-backed government.

Russia which brokered the agreement, deployed at least 2,000 peacekeepers in the area to ensure that the agreement was followed by the two parties.

Armenian President Armen Sarkisyan distanced himself from the agreement, saying he had learned about the talks from the media. He called for political consultations to solve the issue.

“If the fighting had continued, we would have lost the whole of Artsakh within a few days, and we would have had more victims,” Nagorno-Karabakh government leader Arayik Harutyunyan was quoted as saying.

He said he had agreed to the peace terms in consultation with Pashinyan.

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