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GORIS, Armenia — The chief of the self-declared Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh signed a decree Thursday to formally dissolve the breakaway state on Jan. 1, confirming its give up to Azerbaijan following a failed 32-year quest for independence and worldwide recognition.

Samvel Shahramanyan, President of the Nagorno-Karabakh, which its Armenian residents name Artsakh however is internationally acknowledged as Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory, mentioned in a decree that every one state establishments can be dissolved.

A lightening army offensive by Azerbaijan final week pressured the self-declared authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh to capitulate and comply with dismantle its armed forces. The advance of Azerbaijani forces additionally set off a mass exodus of the mountainous area’s ethnic Armenian residents who say they worry genocide and, in any case, are unwilling to dwell underneath Azerbaijani rule.

Greater than 66,000 folks — greater than half the area’s residents — have already crossed the border to Armenia and a few officers imagine your entire inhabitants will depart.

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Outstanding members of the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities have additionally been arrested or have surrendered to the Azerbaijani authorities.

David Babayan, the longtime spokesman for the breakaway authorities who additionally briefly served as its international minister, mentioned he deliberate at hand himself over to authorities in Shusha, a metropolis now managed by Azerbaijan.

“You all know that I’m included within the black checklist of Azerbaijan, and that the Azerbaijani aspect demanded by arrival in Baku for an applicable investigation,” Babayan wrote on Fb. “This determination, after all, will trigger nice ache and stress to my family members, however I’m certain they’ll perceive. My failure to look or worse, my escape, will trigger severe hurt to our lengthy struggling folks.”

Azerbaijani border guards mentioned Wednesday they’d detained Ruben Vardanyan, the previous state minister of Artsakh, and on Thursday Azerbaijan’s State Safety Service introduced that he had been arrested on prices of financing state terrorism.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been fiercely contested by the 2 former Soviet republics since a warfare within the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, when the area’s majority Armenian inhabitants sought to interrupt from the newly impartial nation of Azerbaijan.

That first Nagorno-Karabakh warfare ended with a decisive Armenian victory. Massacres had been dedicated by each side, however finally the overwhelming majority of Azerbaijanis — lots of of 1000’s — had been pressured to go away the territory.

In a short warfare in 2020, Azerbaijan recaptured most of Nagorno-Karabakh, ending a long time of Armenian management of the area.

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