Demonstrators in Armenia blocked roads on Monday and required Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to cut short an official visit, as anger in the country grows over a controversial peace deal with Azerbijan.
Pashinyan has come under pressure from the opposition to resign after agreeing to the peace accord with Azerbaijan that saw Armenia deliver swathes of disputed area after a short conflict.
Six weeks of battling between the ex-Soviet countries for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region emerged in late September and left more than 5,000 individuals dead.
Government critics say that brand-new border separations in the south of the nation are being drawn at the expenditure of Armenia’s national security– a claim Pashinyan has actually rejected.
The prime minister on Monday was taking a trip to the south of Armenia on the last day of a three-day national mourning duration.
He stated he did not want to resort to require to continue his journey after protesters blocked roads to avoid him from taking a trip.
” I am going back to Yerevan,” he composed on Facebook, referring to the Armenian capital.
Protesters have actually taken to the streets in Armenia requiring the premier’s resignation over the peace deal AFP/ Karen MINASYAN
Pashinyan, 45, consulted with citizens of the southern town of Sisian however protesters barred him from travelling to Goris and other towns.
Goris mayor Arushan Arushanyan had actually gotten in touch with protesters to bar Pashinyan from going into the southern Syunik region.
Arushanyan was later detained by cops, a representative informed AFP, in an event the mayor’s attorney described as “a kidnapping”.
A spokesperson for the national Investigative Committee informed AFP that private investigators had opened a number of criminal probes.
Clashes over Karabakh ended in November with the Moscow-brokered peace contract that saw Azerbaijan with Turkey’s military and political backing make decisive gains in the challenged area.
The opposition has actually branded Pashinyan a traitor for consenting to end the war on Azerbaijan’s terms and has actually firmly insisted that he stand down.
Nagorno-Karabakh stated independence from Azerbaijan throughout a war over the mountainous province in the 1990s that left tens of thousands dead.