Nagorno-Karabakh Accord Displeases Local Demonstrators

Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press
A crowd massed outside the Armenian Consulate on Monday night, largely to decry a peace deal signed by Armenia that favored Azerbaijan in the war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region claimed by the Artsakh nation.

Expressing disappointment, sadness and anger, members of Glendale’s Armenian community gathered downtown Monday after news of an accord in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the local demonstration eventually shutting down part of Central Avenue.
The effusive mood typically shown by Glendale members of the Armenian diaspora at events outside the Armenian Consulate was replaced by somberness as the crowd processed information that had begun trickling out hours earlier. The throng had learned that the peace agreement signed by Armenia largely ceded land in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan that the latter’s army had retaken in the
six-week war.
The agreement, brokered by Russia, is largely seen as a victory for Azerbaijan, which aimed to reassert control of the region — home of Armenian-populated Artsakh — that has mostly functioned autonomously since 1994.

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