The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, announced the restoration of all the areas occupied by Armenia in the Aghdam region of the Nagorno Karabakh region, while the Armenian Defense Minister David Tunoyan resigned from his post.
Aliyev said that the political track would not have liberated the regions, stressing that military operations were necessary, adding that soon his country would begin reconstruction operations in Aghdam and the rest of the areas it had retaken from Armenia.
For its part, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement that its forces entered the Aghdam region in the vicinity of the Karabakh region, in implementation of the ceasefire agreement regarding the region and its surroundings, which was signed between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on the tenth of this month.
Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia had reached an agreement providing for a ceasefire in Nagorny Karabakh, with the forces of the two countries (Azerbaijan and Armenia) remaining stationed in their current areas of control, after about two months of renewed clashes in the region.
The agreement provides for Azerbaijan to regain control of the 3 provinces occupied by Armenia within a specified period of time, which are Kaligar until 25 November, Aghdam until 20 of the same month, and Lachin until December 1.
The Armenian residents did not wait for the arrival of Baku forces to flee, but they burned their homes, slaughtered their livestock and reaped their fruits before leaving the villages of Nur Maraga and Nur Carmeeravan, according to the French Press Agency.
The Armenian army occupied about 77% of the lands of Aghdam province in 1993, and nearly 200,000 Azerbaijanis from the province’s residents were displaced, according to Anadolu Agency.
Armenian Defense Minister resigns
In Armenia, Interfax quoted local media as saying that Armenian Defense Minister David Tunoyan has resigned.
The same sources suggested that Vagarshak Arrotunyan, the first advisor to the prime minister and former defense minister, would be appointed defense minister, replacing Tunoyan.
Interfax noted that the Armenian Defense Ministry did not comment on the news of the resignation.
The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has once again admitted his responsibility for what happened in the Nagorno Karabakh region, and pledged to conduct comprehensive reforms in the country, while Azerbaijan confirmed that Russia and Turkey will participate in ensuring security in the region.
Pashinyan presented a road map for the most important measures that will be taken in Armenia during the next stage, stressing that they aim primarily to ensure democratic stability in Armenia, and the formation of power through freedom of expression.
He also announced his intention to make changes in the Armenian government to implement the road map, and requested that he be granted a period until next June to implement it.