The forces of the Russian peacekeeping contingent have already reached the Lachin corridor, which will be the only means of contact between Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh enclave after the peace agreement.
_ “Yesterday when the tanks passed, we cried”, _ says a woman. Her name is Valya and she has a cafe in the city of Lachín, which gives its name to the runner. She welcomes the presence of the Russians. “They are very nice -assures-. I offer them tea and coffee, but they say no. I don’t know if they are afraid to talk to us. “
About 2,000 Russian soldiers will monitor the implementation of the peace agreement for the next five years, extendable five more if Armenia and Azerbaijan so request. The contingent has already started to set up observation points along the M12 motorway, which runs through the corridor, deeply marked by recent fighting.
“It’s impossible not to be afraid, but I really want to stay”
Most of the population of Lachín continues without electricity and drinking water. Many have left, but some are unwilling to leave their home and what they consider to be their land.
“We have seen so much that it is impossible not to be afraid, but for my country, for the graves that I have here, for the roof over my head … I really want to stay”. Araksia assures.
This woman has been living in Lachín for more than 20 years. On a wall of his humble home, you can see an image of Christ and a rosary. His home is open to Armenian soldiers, who often come for a coffee or nap. Soon these soldiers will withdraw from the area.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or bad place, but it’s my corner in the world.”
“How do you feel?” We asked Araksia.
“I want to stay here until the last days of my life because I’m at an age where I can have a heart attack at any moment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or bad place, but this is my corner of the world. “
A corner in the world that Armenians and Azerbaijanis dispute. The drums of war have stopped beating, but the peace is shaky and many loose fringes remain.
Turkey approves the dispatch of a military contingent to Azerbaijan
TheArmenian opposition calls for the November 10 agreement to be reviewed, which they consider a capitulation In all rules.
The other burning question is the role of turkey, which Armenia considers its historical enemy since the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians less than the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
The Turkish Parliament approved on Tuesday the dispatch of a military contingent to Azerbaijan as part of a ceasefire observation mission. This deployment, not contemplated in the peace agreement, could be very dangerous.
In fact, Russia, the United States and France hold a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday to clarify, among other points, the role of Turkey. The Krelin repeats that only its peacekeeping forces will be deployed in the territory, while Russian President Vladimir Putin claims to have convinced his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the deployment of Turkish troops on the separation line it would be counterproductive.