Armenia votes in election triggered by Nagorno-Karabakh defeat | DW News


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Armenia votes in election triggered by Nagorno-Karabakh defeat | DW News



Armenians are heading to the polls in elections called after a disastrous war with Azerbaijan. Armenia lost large swathes of territory in the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in a ceasefire agreement.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is hoping to renew his mandate, but his popularity has dropped after he signed the truce brokered by Russia. Observers warn the conflict could easily flare up again. And there have been reports of unrest at polling booths.
Almost three thousand meters above sea level – but only a few meters apart, Armenian and Azeri soldiers stare each other down. Just a matter of months after a brutal war saw thousands killed and war crimes committed against prisoners. At this proximity, tempers can flare. Commanders eventually put an end to this brawl but recent weeks have seen repeated shooting and Armenian soldiers kidnapped.
It’s a pattern repeated up and down Armenia’s hundreds of kilometers long border with Azerbaijan. Until last autumn’s ceasefire the two countries’ international border was in practice little more than a line on the map – Armenia controlled both sides of the frontier as part of a buffer zone around Nagorno-Karabakh.
The problem now is that these two adversaries have very different ideas as to where their new border posts should be. Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of moving its positions deep into Armenian territory.
The Azeris say they have different maps dating back to the 1980s. Maps which show a very different border line.
Down below in the Armenian border village of Kut, locals can hear the shooting in the mountains, but for some it’s more personal than that,
Herders are too scared to take their cows up to their usual mountain pastures to graze, after Azeri forces shot at herders and their cows wandered away – a tragedy for villagers surviving on little else.
In many Armenian border villages, most people were born in Azerbaijan, a refugee from the two countries’ first conflict back in the late 1980s. For them, the war has never really ended, merely been paused. Some ceasefires have lasted for years, some just hours. The current ceasefire is looking more precarious by the day.

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  1. Armenians have some nerve talking about "internationally recognized Armenian border". For 30 years they occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory. DW would be more honest with a bit of specificity about the fact that the war was fought wholly on Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory.

  2. This report makes Azerbaijan look like an aggressor, Armenia on the other hand is portrayed as a victim.

    Armenia occupied and kept 20 % of Azerbaijani territories under its illegal control for 30 years. Now they are worried about Azerbaijani “advance” into Armenian territory for 3 kilometers?

    In the report it mentions Azerbaijani “attack”.
    Well Nagorno Karabakh and regions surrounding it was never considered Armenia, so when conflict happened Azerbaijan didn’t attack Armenia.

  3. I really hope these nations don't go to war again. Armenia, you won the first war and lost the 2nd. Time to move on. Another war all but guarantees another victory to Azerbaijan. Russia will not step in because Azerbaijan took back territories that belong to it.

  4. Someone tell me why, a poor country like Armenia is so dedicated to go to war with a country that’s 2x stronger and has stronger allies why? Just accept defeat and be quite

  5. My hope is that the two countries can settle down. The countryside of the Caucasus appears to be very windy. There appears to be a great deal of wind energy in this area of the world. The area could generate massive quantities of wind power to fight climate change if they wished.

  6. Actually really good reporting. With that said, the best decision the PM of Armenia made was stopping the war when he did.

    The Armenian side was not prepared for the war Azerbaijan, Turkey, & Israeli (USA) made weapons were brought to the conflict.

    Really sad to see the diplomatic failure of Armenia & Azerbaijan culminate to a tragic war with many young ppl killed in such a short amount of time.

    The fact that Azerbaijan continues to hold up to 200 captives shows they have no empathy for the situation & the videos during the war of the grotesque decapitation, mutilation, & torture of Armenian captives proved why the ethnic Armenians of the region where right to fight for their freedom in 1988.