Azerbaijani army and Russian troopers are working to disarm Armenian separatists, whereas Baku despatched gasoline to the Armenian residents within the Karabakh area on Saturday.
“We’re in shut cooperation with the Russian peacekeepers, conducting the demilitarization” of the separatists, Azerbaijani military spokesperson Anar Eyvazov informed reporters in Shusha.
“We’ve already seized weapons and ammunition,” Eyvazov added three days after Azerbaijan staged a lightning offensive into the enclave, forcing the separatists to sue for peace and conform to disarm.
Russia deployed a number of thousand peacekeepers to the area within the wake of a quick however brutal 2020 conflict during which Azerbaijan reclaimed massive components of the territory and its environment.
These lands had been underneath the occupation of separatist forces since they received a years-long battle within the Nineties that claimed tens of hundreds of lives.
Russia had been a conventional ally of Armenia within the restive area.
However Moscow is now slowed down in a conflict in Ukraine and refused to enter the newest combating.
The separatists agreed to disarm underneath a cease-fire settlement reached on Thursday.
Eyvazov mentioned the disarmament course of “can take time” as a result of some rebels have been based mostly in distant mountain districts.
“The precedence is the mine clearing and demilitarization,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, fuel-loaded autos belonging to the Azerbaijan State Oil Firm (SOCAR) moved to the area from the Aghdam-Khankendi path.
Throughout the first spherical of talks between Azerbaijani officers and representatives of the Armenian inhabitants in Karabakh on Thursday, gasoline and meals have been requested from the Azerbaijani authorities.
The Azerbaijani presidential administration had introduced that gasoline could be despatched quickly for the heating methods of kindergartens and faculties, in addition to emergency medical providers and hearth providers within the areas the place the Armenian inhabitants lives.
Azerbaijan on Wednesday suspended its counterterrorism measures, a day after they have been launched to disarm Armenian forces in Karabakh and uphold the 2020 trilateral peace settlement.
Relations between Baku and Yerevan have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian army occupied Karabakh, a territory internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan, and 7 adjoining areas.
Within the fall of 2020, Azerbaijan liberated a number of cities, villages and settlements from Armenian occupation throughout 44 days of clashes. The conflict ended with a Russia-brokered cease-fire, and talks for normalization of ties started.