Armenians call for resignation of prime minister Nikol Pashinyan after border villages handed to Azerbaijan | World News

Tens of thousands of Armenian demonstrators have called for the resignation of prime minister Nikol Pashinyan after the country agreed to surrender control of several border villages to Azerbaijan. Protestors faced off with law enforcement after obstructing main roads in the capital city of Yerevan on Sunday, with police reporting 196 arrests.
The assembly was the latest in a series of ongoing protests guided by a senior cleric in the Armenian Apostolic Church and archbishop of the Tavush diocese in northeastern Armenia, where the four relinquished villages are situated.

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Bagrat Galstanyan led the creation of a movement called Tavush For The Homeland following Armenia‘s decision to transfer control of the villages in the region to Azerbaijan in April. Since then, the movement has broadened to include various grievances against Mr. Pashinyan and his administration.
The resolution to relinquish the villages in Tavush came after a swift military offensive in September, which saw Azerbaijan‘s military compel ethnic Armenian separatist authorities in the Karabakh region to surrender their arms. Following Azerbaijan‘s complete control of Karabakh, about 120,000 individuals fled the area – nearly all of its ethnic Armenian residents. Ethnic Armenian combatants, supported by Armenian forces, had seized control of Karabakh in 1993 at the conclusion of a six-year conflict.

Azerbaijan regained some of the territory during combat in 2020, which concluded in a ceasefire that introduced a Russian peacekeeping force, which has started to withdraw this year.

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Mr. Pashinyan has stated Armenia needs to promptly delineate its border with Azerbaijan to prevent another conflict.

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