[ステパナケルト（アゼルバイジャン） ２４日 ロイター] – On the 24th, the majority Armenian population began to flee Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed area between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The Azerbaijani side has declared that it has “restored sovereignty” through the military operations it has carried out in areas under the effective control of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh since the 19th, and has vowed to guarantee the rights of ethnic Armenians as Azerbaijani citizens.
However, many ethnic Armenians do not want to remain in Nagorno-Karabakh, fearing persecution and ethnic cleansing. Armenian leaders in Nagorno-Karabakh say they do not want the 120,000 ethnic Armenians to continue living in Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to the leaders, all ethnic Armenians displaced by Azerbaijan’s military operations will be evacuated to Armenia under the protection of Russian peacekeepers stationed there.
The Armenian government announced that 377 refugees had arrived in the country by the evening of the 24th. However, it is not yet clear when the majority of ethnic Armenians will arrive in Armenia.
Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan said that unless adequate living conditions are created for ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh and measures are taken to prevent ethnic cleansing, the only way for them to survive is to flee.
Pashinyan has faced calls for his resignation over his failure to rescue ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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