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Baku and Yerevan Border Delimitation Begins


The long-awaited process of border delimitation has begun between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the vice-premiers of both countries reported today. Armenia returned four villages to Azerbaijan and began demining. At a protest in the region, President Pashinyan suggested not to be afraid of Azerbaijanis but to trade with them.

We are talking about the territory around four Azerbaijani villages near the border, which a few days ago Armenia agreed to return to Azerbaijan. Now, it is reported, demining is underway there. Delimitation began after the eighth meeting of the commissions of the two countries on border delimitation. Armenia also reported that it had begun mine clearance in the area.

This is only the very beginning of the border determination process, which the parties to the conflict have been talking about for more than three years, since Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to carry it out as a result of the 2020 Karabakh war. Before this, the parties argued for a long time about which Soviet-era maps to rely on.

In the first war, which ended in a truce in 1994, Armenians were expelled from Azerbaijan and Azeris from Armenia and Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh itself and seven Azerbaijani regions then remained under the control of Armenian forces.

In 2020, after a 44-day war, Azerbaijan managed to regain control of these seven regions and a significant part of Nagorno-Karabakh. A Russian peacekeeping contingent was introduced into the region.

In 2023, three years after the first victory, Azerbaijan carried out a lightning operation in Karabakh itself, as a result of which more than 100 thousand Armenians left the region.


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