Thousands of Armenians demand prime minister quit over ceasefire

Thousands of Armenians demand prime minister quit over ceasefire


Yerevan/Baku: Thousands of Armenian demonstrators chanted “Nicole is a traitor” and demanded that Prime Minister Nikolai Pashinyan resign on Wednesday due to a ceasefire, which ensured that Azerbaijan after six weeks of fighting Development in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The ceasefire announced on Tuesday ended the worst fighting in the region in decades and was celebrated as a victory for Azerbaijan. Pashinyan called it a disaster, but said he had no choice but to sign to prevent failure.

Protesters violently attacked and ransacked some government buildings the next day. Thousands of people ignored the martial law and prohibited street gatherings in the capital Yerevan.

Although a well-known opposition leader and several others were arrested at the beginning of the rally, the demonstrators on Wednesday still wore some protective masks, even though the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to Armenia.

The ceasefire stopped military operations in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognized part of Azerbaijan, but it is inhabited by Armenians. According to the agreement, 2,000 Russian peacekeeping forces will be deployed to the area.

Since the early 1990s, ethnic Armenians had military control over all of Nagorno-Karabakh and substantial swaths of Azeri territory surrounding it. They have now lost much of the enclave itself as well as the surrounding territory.

Pashinyan said he concluded the peace deal under pressure from his army. Nagorno-Karabakh s leader said there had been a risk of Azerbaijan taking control of the whole enclave following the fall of its second biggest city, Shushi, known by Azeris as Shusha.

“This is a big failure and disaster,” Pashinyan said on Tuesday. He said he was taking personal responsibility for the setbacks, but he rejected calls to step down.

He did not immediately respond to Wednesday s protests.

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