Armenians torch their homes on land ceded to Azerbaijan
KALBAJAR, Azerbaijan (AP), Garo Dadevusian has taken off his metal roof and prepared to burn his stone house on a bitter farewell to his 21-year-old home.
Thick smoke was poured from houses that had been torched by his neighbours before escaping from Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian village.
The village will be restored in a six week deal with armenian powers to Azerbaijan on Sunday as part of the territorial compromises of the region.
The step has so profoundly impacted its six hundred residents with terror and rage that they have lost their houses.
The Karvachar settlement in Armenian is technically part of a part of Azerbaijan, but after the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 1994 it had been under the rule of ethnic Armenians.
This war left Nagorno-Karabakh not only in Armenian possession but also significant territories around it.
The complete war started in late September this year, following years of intermittent confrontation between the Armenian and Armenian armies.
The city of Shusha, a strategically significant city with deep emotional significance as a long-lasting hub of Azerbaijan's community, has led Azerbaijan in the process of a relentless military growth.
The Russian cease-fire, which Armenia occupied within the official boundaries of Nagorno-Karabakh, is eventually ceded by Azerbaijan, was concluded two days after Azerbaijan declared it took Shusha, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
In these places, though the Azerbaijani Muslims and the Armenians once lived together.
While the truce prevents the struggle, racial hostility is intensified.
Dadevusyan said about his home, "What we will at last blow it up, or set the fire to to give nothing to Muslims."
When he was sleeping, he talked of preserving his own belongings like panels on the metal roof and stacking it on an older camper.
The ultimate location of the truck is uncertain.
"Without understanding where to go and where to work, we are homeless.
Do not know where to go Where to go.
It's really complicated," said Lusine, his mom, shruggling with tears, as they gave the house a last glance.
Armenia and Russia have a solid military basis in Armenia; so many Armenians have assumed that Moscow will help it. Rather it made the truce and territorial compromises simpler and it sends almost 2,000 peacekeepers to implement it in the meantime.
"Why did Putin offer us up?
"Then said Dadevusyan.
The war ending in 1994 displaced hundreds of thousands of Azeris.
It is not clear if someone in Karvakhar, now recognized as its Azerbaijani name Kalbajar, can attempt to settle or otherwise.
Any returns can be catastrophic.
The pioneers meet the charred, vacant housing coats — or worse.
Agdam was once a town of around 40,000 which is now a barren stretch of development which was devastated by the pillagers who took supplies from first war and later was ravaged.
The Dadevosyans are confused by their abrupt relocation.
"When you have been there for 21 years and have to leave now said Garo Dadevusyan, trailing off when smoke shocked the air from the neighboring burning buildings.
Soon, he realized, one of them would be his home.
The tale was shaped by Jim Heintz in Moscow.