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DECEMBER 2020

Azerbaijan Extended Deadline For Armenian Troops Withdrawal From Kalbajar District Of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Azerbaijan has granted Armenia ten additional days to pull its troops out from the district of Kalbajar, also known as Karvachar, in Nagorno-Karabakh, Hikmet Hajiyev, a top aide to Azerbaijani President, announced in a briefing on November 15.

According to the Armenian-Azerbaijani peace deal, that was brokered by Russia on November 9,  Armenian forces should be out of Kalbajar by November 15.

According to Hajiyev, the Armenian side appealed to Azerbaijan through Russia to extend the withdrawal terms by ten days. Baku agreed to the proposal.

“The weather is getting worse, there is only one road in that direction, the Vardenis road, and the capacity of the road is low,” Hajiyev said, “Azerbaijan has agreed to evacuate the civilian population in Kalbajar by November 25. The obligations remain in force, no special statement has been signed on the extension.”

The presidential aide noted that the withdrawal of Armenian forces from Agdam and Lachin was not delayed, and will be in place by November 20.

Ethnic Armenian civilians, who will leave these areas in Nagorno-Karabakh along with military troops, have reportedly begun to burn their houses and belongings.

Meanwhile, more Russian peacekeepers are arriving in Nagorno-Karabakh to monitor the implementation of peace deal.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia announced that two An-124 aircraft carrying peacekeepers had landed in Yerevan on November 15.

“Two An-124 Ruslan aircraft of the Russian military transport aviation brought armored vehicles and personnel of units of the 15th peacekeeping brigade to the Yerevan airport,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The aircraft carried about 30 servicemen, 10 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers as well as logistic means. The troops headed to the Armenian city of Goris near Nagorno-Karabakh.

The terms of the November 9 peace deal seem to be respected. So far, both sides have been fulfilling their commitments as planned while showing flexibility.

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