Thousands in Armenia protest Nagorno-Karabakh truce terms

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) â On Wednesday, tens of thousands of citizens gathered in the Armenia capital to demonstrate the deal between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh to end weeks of struggle.

The agreement calls for about 2,000 Russian peacekeepers and land compromises to be mobilized.

Participants of the rally promoted by Armenia's political parties requested that the country's Prime Minister who, with the Leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia, signed the peace agreement, be resigned.

Any of the protestors in Yerevan challenged the officers.

After big advancement of Azerbaijani powers, the ceasefire between the two former Soviet nations, brokered by Moscow and declared early Tuesday, rendered by Nagorno-Karabakh's Armenia-funded dictator an unlikely mission for his side.

In Azerbaijan the agreement was celebrated but it sparked outrage among Armenians who went out instantly to claim the deal to be annulled.

In a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tied up for decades.

The area is part of Azerbaijan but dominated by Armenia-supported ethnic Armenian powers after a separatist war in 1994.

Heavy struggles emerged at the end of September — the greatest outbreak of a quarter-century war — and have left thousands, maybe hundreds, dead.

Several cessez-fires reported almost instantly collapsed during the past six weeks, but there seemed to be no new agreement, neither party reported further difficulty after the agreement came into effect.

Days after Azerbaijan penetrated Nagorno-Karabakh and took possession of Shushi District, which geographically sits on the heights overlooking Stepanakert 's Regional Capital.

Arayik Harutyunyan, separatist chief of Nagorno-Karabakh, on Tuesdays admitted that, "if the hostilities had went on, we would have lost all of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian name) in a few days."

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, who named the circumstance a "catastrophe" said that "they had nothing else but to say the peace deal was incredibly traumatic to myself and to our citizens."

Armenia has been called upon under the agreement to shift ownership of some sections beyond the boundaries of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the region of Lachin, which is crossed by the key road from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia; the agreement calls for the opening and defense by Russian peacekeepers of the road, called the Lachin Corridor.

The arrangement also calls for transport links to be developed via Armenia that connect the western part of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan, and Armenia, Iran and Turkey. The deal also calls for transport links.

On Wednesday Armenian opposition leaders dubbed the contract "traitorous" and ordered the Pashinian resignation.

"We need the Armenian Revolutionary Federation – Diehnaktsutyun political party – Ishkhan Saghatedan told a rally which had attracted up to 10000 citizens that Armenia and Artsakh should be rescued from the Pashinian.

This article was sponsored by Associate Press Author Daria Litvinova in Moscow.

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