Thousands rally in Armenia warning against Karabakh concessions | Politics News

Opposition chief says ‘large-scale marketing campaign of civil disobedience’ will start this week.

Hundreds of opposition supporters have rallied within the Armenian capital Yerevan to warn the federal government towards concessions to arch-foe Azerbaijan over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.

Opposition events have accused Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of plans to present away all of Karabakh to Azerbaijan after he informed lawmakers final month that the “worldwide neighborhood calls on Armenia to scale down calls for on Karabakh”.

On Sunday, a number of thousand opposition supporters gathered within the capital’s central Sq. of France, blocking site visitors all through central Yerevan.

Protesters shouted calls for for Pashinyan to resign, with many holding placards that learn “Karabakh”.

Opposition chief and Nationwide Meeting Vice Speaker Ishkhan Saghatelyan stated: “Any political standing of Karabakh inside Azerbaijan is unacceptable to us”.

“Pashinyan had betrayed individuals’s belief and should go,” he informed journalists on the rally, including that the protest motion “will result in the overthrow of the federal government within the nearest future”.

Addressing the group, the opposition chief introduced {that a} “large-scale marketing campaign of civil disobedience” will start this coming week.

“I name on everybody to start strikes. I name on college students to not attend lessons. Site visitors shall be totally blocked in central Yerevan,” he stated.

‘Risk of unrest’

On Saturday, Armenia’s Nationwide Safety Service warned of “an actual menace of mass unrest within the nation”.

Yerevan and Baku have been locked in a territorial dispute for the reason that Nineteen Nineties over Karabakh, the mountainous area of Azerbaijan predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians. Karabakh was on the centre of a six-week conflict in 2020 that claimed greater than 6,500 lives earlier than it ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire settlement.

Beneath the deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territories it had managed for many years and Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to supervise the truce.

In April, Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met for uncommon European Union-mediated talks in Brussels, after which they tasked their overseas ministers to “start preparatory work for peace talks”.

The assembly got here after a flare-up in Karabakh on March 25 that noticed Azerbaijan seize a strategic village within the space beneath the Russian peacekeepers’ duty, killing three separatist troops.

Baku tabled in mid-March a set of framework proposals for the peace settlement that features either side’ mutual recognition of territorial integrity, that means Yerevan ought to agree on Karabakh being a part of Azerbaijan.

Armenian International Minister Ararat Mirzoyan sparked controversy at house when he stated – commenting on the Azerbaijani proposal – that for Yerevan “the Nagorno-Karabakh battle shouldn’t be a territorial situation, however a matter of rights” of the native ethnic-Armenian inhabitants.

Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The following conflicts since have claimed round 30,000 lives.