Armenian PM Forced to Resign After Signing Peace Deal to End Nagorno-Karabakh War
By: Nina Zevgolis
After thousands of civilians died with more than tens of thousands fleeing and injured, Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia signed a peace deal to put an end to the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
The two countries; Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at an all-out war since the end of September to battle for the land of Nagorno-Karabakh. The territory has brought agonizing conflicts for its surrounding regions since the 17th century, but the current state of the Azerbaijan-Armenia fight over the past 25 years is the worst that the region has ever experienced.
On November 9th, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a peace agreement along with the president of Azerbaijan and the president of the Russian confederation. The statement declared a complete ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh war zone. Since that date, Russian forces have been deployed to keep the peace as Russia remains an ally to both Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Though the agreement was made to end the war, it is highly unlikely that the deal will end the animosity between the two countries. While Nagorno-Karabakh is in Azerbaijan, it has been under the power of Armenians since 1994. With 99% of its population made of Armenian citizens- holding their own elections and governing themselves; the region is globally recognized as an Armenian run territory occupied in a different country. The conflict of who Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to has been causing pain and death to thousands of civilians for almost two decades.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed the agreement in hopes to put an end to the horror the country has experienced, but his citizens felt otherwise. Days following the agreement protests have been going around to rebel against Pashinyan’s decision claiming he was too late and civilians had their lives ended because of the conflict.
Following the protests, 17 opposing parties in the country called for Nikol Pashinyan to step down to prevent future loss for his country. Prosperous Armenia stepped into parliament to discuss the resignation of Pashinyan. During the process, protesters came to the streets defying a martial law and barged into the parliament to fight against the deal, but Nikol Pashinyan refused to step down. Over the past few days, starting on November 11, Armenian police have been arresting demonstrators in the capital Yerevan, leaving more citizens upset and defiant.
Along with the ceasefire, Azerbaijani forces took over Shusha city, another land home to many Armenians who are now being bombed and captured. What Armenia is currently experiencing is loss and instability from their government citizens and surrounding nations. To torment, Azerbaijan has been attempting to show dominance by annihilating people.
While the agreement of ceasefire was meant to bring hope and peace it is highly unlikely that the deal will end the coercion the Armenians are experiencing. Azerbaijan could take this as a point of encouragement to dominate and take over Armenia. Over the past months, the people in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territory have been living in basements in fear of their lives by the attacks that lay above them in an attempt for one country to claim land. Local officials have reported that half of the people who live there have been forced to leave. The people of Armenia can only continue to pray for hospitality and help from other countries in light of these horrendous times.
*All arguments made and viewpoints expressed within Youth In Politics and its nominal entities do not necessarily reflect the views of the writers or the organization as a whole.
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