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DW News 22 Nov 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenians say goodbye as Azeri troops move in

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Azerbaijan says its troops have begun entering areas surrounding the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, which were once home to Armenian separatists. That was before a Russian-brokered peace deal ended weeks of bloody fighting, with separatists then giving up much of the territory in return for the deployment of Russian peacekeepers. DW's Emily Sherman reports from Nagorno Karabakh. She met with ethnic Armenians in Kalbajar facing the painful experience of saying goodbye to their homeland and its iconic Dadivank Monastery.


A peace agreement has put an end to over a month of bitter conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It calls for Armenians to leave large parts of the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. That's provoked outrage in Armenia, where people see themselves betrayed by their government, and by Russia, which oversaw the deal. Those forced from their homes say they are leaving nothing for their enemies.
Armenia says it is ready to work with mediators to re-establish a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Fighting over six days between Armenia and Azerbaijan forces over the disputed region has killed dozens of troops and a number of civilians.
Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith is in Nagorno-Karabakh, where he visited towns and villages in the firing line of Azeri forces.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire starting on Saturday to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the conflict between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire starting on Saturday to exchange prisoners and bodies of those killed in the conflict between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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