The self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh introduced on Thursday it might stop to exist, after a navy defeat by Azerbaijan adopted by an exodus of over half of the enclave’s inhabitants.
The separatist chief of the territory issued a decree ordering the dissolution of all state establishments by the top of the yr and mentioned Nagorno-Karabakh “ceases to exist” as of January 1, 2024.
The dissolution will deliver to an finish three a long time of Armenia-backed self-rule for Nagorno-Karabakh, a majority ethnic Armenian enclave contained in the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan.
The decree mentioned residents ought to “familiarize themselves with the situations of reintegration” provided by Azerbaijan and make “an unbiased and particular person determination” on whether or not to remain.
Separatist chief Samvel Shakhramanyan additionally mentioned that an settlement struck with Azerbaijan would make sure the “free, voluntary, and unhindered passage” for all those that needed to depart.
He mentioned the choice to dissolve the state was “primarily based on the precedence of making certain the bodily safety and very important pursuits of the individuals of Artsakh,” the Armenian identify for the area.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars over Nagorno-Karabakh, by which tens of 1000’s have died.
Final week, Nagorno-Karabakh separatists lay down their arms following a lightning navy offensive by Azerbaijan.
Tens of 1000’s of ethnic Armenians have since fled the enclave to Armenia.