Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Azerbaijan furious that Syrian Armenian refugees being settled in Nagorny-Karabakh

Some of the Armenians fleeing the conflict in Syria are being welcomed as settlers by the authorities in Nagorny Karabakh. Robert Matevosyan, head of the resettlement department at Nagorny Karabakh’s Kashatagh district government, says 25 families have moved there since the civil war started in Syria
Azerbaijan claims Karabakh as its territory and is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from the region. Officials and others there were furious at the resettlement programme, saying it was a breach of international law

Armenians from Syria in Nagorny Karabakh

The territory has always been predominantly Armenian, although it was located in Azerbaijan by the Soviets. Armenia seized it in 1991, after a war with Azerbaijan, in the confusion resulting from the downfall of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan still claims the area
The war resulted in mass explusions of Armenians from Azerbaijan and Azeris from Armenia
News report here. Wiki on Nagorny Karabakh here.