Ethnic Armenians Flee Nagorno-Karabakh, Signaling Potential End of 36-Year Conflict
Summary from AllSides News Team
The 120,000 ethnic Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh are fleeing for Armenia, signaling the potential closure of a 36-year-long territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The Details: Officials from the Armenian breakaway Republic of Artsakh, whose territory sits in internationally recognized Azerbaijan, have said Armenians will flee instead of being integrated into Azeri society, as offered by Azerbaijan’s government. After a large-scale Azeri military offensive left approximately 200 dead last week, and a 10-month blockade of a corridor that links Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, Artsakh’s government is close to collapse. Russian peacekeeping forces are assisting in evacuations and distribution of humanitarian aid.
For Context: According to Wikipedia, the conflict has claimed 40,000-50,000 lives since 1988. Armenia is a member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, while Armenia exited the CSTO in 1999. Both have ongoing diplomatic relations with the U.S. The significant developments come amidst geopolitical tensions in the Caucasus region, and ongoing media dialogue that Armenia is beginning to drift from Russia’s diplomatic orbit.
Key Quote: David Babayan, an adviser to Samvel Shahramanyan, president of Artsakh, told Reuters, "Our people do not want to live as part of Azerbaijan. Ninety-nine point nine percent prefer to leave our historic lands.” Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said, “Our government will lovingly welcome our brothers and sisters from Nagorno-Karabakh.”
How The Media Covered It: As is common with international stories, the news was covered mostly by outlets from the left and center. Some outlets on the right included wire coverage from AFP or Associated Press (Lean Left bias).
Editor's Note: An earlier version erroneously stated that Azerbaijan was still a member of the CSTO.
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the CenterKarabakh's 120,000 Armenians will leave for Armenia, adviser to leader says
The 120,000 ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh will leave for Armenia as they do not want to live as part of Azerbaijan and fear ethnic cleansing, the leadership of the breakaway region told Reuters on Sunday.
Armenia's Prime Minister also said the Karabakh Armenians were likely to leave the region, and that Armenia was ready to take them in, following a defeat last week at the hands of Azerbaijan in a conflict dating to the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Armenians of Karabakh, a territory internationally recognised as part of...
From the LeftFirst evacuees from Nagorno-Karabakh cross into Armenia
The first several hundred refugees from war-torn Nagorno-Karabakh have crossed into Armenian territory, as a historic evacuation begins that could lead to a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians while Azerbaijan appears on the brink of taking control of the breakaway region.
They are the first civilians to have crossed from Nagorno-Karabakh into Armenia in nearly a year, reuniting families after a 10-month blockade and an intensive Azerbaijan military offensive this week that has left hundreds dead, wounded or missing.
Rima Elizbaryan and her two daughters crossed the border in the early afternoon and were...
From the LeftEthnic Armenians to leave Nagorno-Karabakh following Azerbaijan victory, local official says
The ethnic Armenian population in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region will leave for Armenia after Azerbaijan reclaimed the territory in a brief offensive, a local official says.
“Our people do not want to live as part of Azerbaijan. Ninety-nine point nine percent prefer to leave our historic lands,” David Babayan, an adviser to Samvel Shahramanyan, the president of the self-styled Republic of Artsakh, told Reuters. The region is known as Artsakh to Armenians.
“The fate of our poor people will go down in history as a disgrace and a shame for the Armenian people...