First food supply comes; no agreement on security assurances with Azerbaijan yet, claim Karabakh Armenians

<p>As emergency food delivery reached the population of the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, the leadership of the region, which is mostly Armenian, said on Friday that no deal had been made with Azerbaijan over security assurances after this week’s Azeri attack.</p>
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Azerbaijan wants to integrate the long-disputed area, but the 120,000 ethnic Armenian residents of Karabakh say they fear persecution and have claimed that the rest of the world has abandoned them.</p>
<p>According to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 50,000 tonnes of food have been supplied along two routes going to the area by Russian troops, who were assigned to supervise a ceasefire that put an end to the most recent war in the area in 2020.</p>
<p>The package was one of just a few of such deliveries in recent months and the first to Karabakh from Armenia since last week, when the Azeri military compelled local separatist leaders to submit.</p>
<p>Food had also been provided by Azerbaijan, according to the Russian statement detailed the movement of cargo along two highways.</p>
<p>Hikmet Hajiyev, the president of Azerbaijan’s advisor on foreign policy, told Reuters that Baku envisions granting amnesty to Armenian militants in the Karabakh conflict who lay down their weapons, despite the fact that some have sworn to continue their struggle.</p>
<p>“Even with regard to former… combatants… we are envisaging or alluding to an amnesty,” he stated.</p>
<p>Armenians from Karabakh, who refer to their region as the Republic of Artsakh, said that no deal had yet been struck.</p>
<p>The president of the so-called country, Samvel Shahramanyan, advisor David Babayan, told Reuters that “these questions must still be answered.” “No real results have yet been seen,”</p>
<p>A humanitarian convoy will go from Armenia to Karabakh on Friday through the Lachin corridor, a route that crosses Azerbaijani territory, according to earlier statements from Babayan. According to a statement from the Russian defense ministry, the assistance was also brought over a different route that went through Azerbaijan.</p>
<p>The phrase “NO FOOD, NO POWER, NO FUEL”</p>
<p>“The situation is very difficult: there is no fuel, no electricity, and the people are starving,” he stated.</p>
<p>President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan promised to protect the rights of ethnic Armenians after last week’s rapid military operation, but he claimed that his “iron fist” had put their dream of an independent Armenian Karabakh in the annals of history. As part of Azerbaijan, he said, the area will be transformed into a “paradise”.</p>
<p>His nation has a military advantage against the militants in Karabakh and is backed by Turkey. However, it is unknown how many of those combatants are willing to give up the war, or what form any future, more complete accord would take.</p>
<p>Since the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991, Armenia and Azerbaijan, both of which were a member of it, have fought two wars over Karabakh. Despite being supported by Armenia, the area has enjoyed de facto independence for the last three decades even though it is officially recognized as being a part of Azerbaijan.</p>
<p>Many Armenians are worried about what may happen next because of the tragic history between the two nations.</p>
<p>“The assistance from the Russian troops is our one and only chance. The world ignored the situation and is unwilling to hear about it. We believe that if there are no peacekeepers for even one hour, genocide would occur, said Grigor Zakharyan, an Armenian who lives close to the Azerbaijani border.</p>
<p>The turbulent history of mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been ruled by Persians, Turks, Russians, Ottomans, and Soviets throughout the years, has been further complicated by Azerbaijan’s declaration of victory over the area.</p>
<p>Additionally, it may alter the balance of power in the South Caucasus, a region where oil and gas pipelines intersect and where Turkey, Iran, Russia, and the United States compete for influence.</p>
<p>The rights of the Karabakh Armenians will be honored as part of their integration into Azerbaijan, according to Hajiyev, the president of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy advisor.</p>
<p>According to Hajiyev, several commanders and army organizations in Karabakh have vowed to maintain their struggle. Naturally, this will lead to certain hurdles and difficulties, but not on a significant scale, he said.</p>
<p>Nikol Pashinyan, the prime minister of Armenia, who has been the target of anti-government demonstrations in Yerevan over Karabakh, said that although the government had made preparations for a potential influx of displaced persons into Armenia, it did not wish to depopulate Karabakh.</p>
<p>In order for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh to be able to live in their homes without fear, securely, and with dignity, he continued, “we must do everything possible.”</p>
<p>Although Russia, which has less than 2,000 peacekeepers in Karabakh, has urged calm, some Armenians, notably Pashinyan, have accused Russia of not doing more to defend Armenia.</p>
<p>Two guys were seen in a video shared on social media hurling red paint at the Russian embassy in Yerevan.</p>
<p>According to images shared on social media, thousands of Armenians from Karabakh were still gathered at the nearby airport, where some Russian soldiers are stationed.</p>
<p>Babayan said that since the region was virtually under siege, there had not yet been a significant migration of individuals.</p>
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