Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijan extends Armenian pullout deadline from disputed area
#Azerbaijan on Sunday postponed taking control of a territory ceded by #Armenian forces in a cease-fire agreement, but denounced civilians leaving the area for burning houses and committing what it called "ecological terror." The cease-fire ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-#Karabakh region and territories outside its formal borders that had been under the control of Armenian forces since 1994.
Azerbaijan on Sunday agreed to extend the deadline for Armenians to withdraw from the Kalbajar district as part of a Russian-brokered peace accord to end weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azeri government has extended the deadline by 10 days to ethnic Armenians living in parts of Nagorno-Karabakh to leave before land is given to Azerbaijan.
The transfer of land is part of a deal to end fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed region.
The district of Kalbajar is among the first areas to be handed over.
But Armenians see it as a betrayal and have called on Pashinyan to resign, torching their homes as they left the region.
Al Jazeera's Osama Bin-Javaid reports from Togna, near Kalbajar. #Armenia accused #Azerbaijan of firing missiles into the capital of the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday, while Azerbaijan said several of its towns and its second-largest city were attacked. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused Armenian forces of shelling the towns of Tartar, Barda and Beylagan. Ganja, the country's second-largest city far outside the conflict zone, also was "under fire," officials said. Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said on Sunday that his country's forces had taken Shusha, the second-largest city in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave but Armenia says the fighting there is continuing.
Nagorno-Karabakh which is governed by ethnic Armenians, has been internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan.
Azeris nationwide celebrated the news, as the country had lost control of Shusha in 1992.
Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from Baku, Azerbaijan.