Armenia’s New Prime Minister Visits Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia’s New Prime Minister Visits Nagorno-Karabakh

Yerevan: day after being chosen Armenia’s new prime minister, Nikol Pashinian has visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan under the control of ethnic Armenian forces.
Armenian leaders traditionally visit the region on May 9, the date on which many ex-Soviet countries mark the defeat of Nazi Germany. It also coincides with the day Armenia-backed forces took control of a key town in 1992 during a war for control of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict left over 30,000 people dead and continues to cause tensions between Baku and Yerevan.
In Stepanakert, the regional capital, Pashinian and Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto leader, Bako Sahakian, laid a wreath at the memorial to soldiers who perished during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and World War II.
Afterward, Pashinian and Sahakian headed to nearby Shusha, whose capture by ethnic Armenian forces in 1992 proved a turning point in the war.