BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 28. Armenian separatists in Azerbaijan's Karabakh have announced the elimination of the illegal regime on the territory of Azerbaijan, Trend reports.
The relevant "decree" was made by the so-called "head" of the separatists, Samvel Shahramanyan.
The "decree" stated that following the agreement reached with representatives of the Republic of Azerbaijan through the mediation of the Russian peacekeeping contingent [temporarily stationed in the country under the trilateral statement signed by Azerbaijani, Armenian, and Russian leaders following the 2020 second Karabakh war], free and unimpeded passage for the residents of Karabakh, including disarmed military personnel, is ensured via the Lachin road on their own transport. In this regard, the following decisions have been made:
1. Dissolve all "government institutions" and "organizations" under their jurisdiction by January 1, 2024.
2. Provide the Armenian population of Karabakh, including those residing outside its borders, with information about the conditions of reintegration presented by the Republic of Azerbaijan, with the aim of making an independent and individual decision regarding the possibility of staying or returning to Karabakh.
It's no doubt that Shahramanyan's adoption of such a decision wasn't voluntary. The self-dissolution of the separatist regime is nothing other than a forced step. Thus, the remnants of the so-called regime announced the cessation of separatism in Karabakh.
The pressure from Azerbaijan yielded results, and the separatists realized that the most correct and best solution for them was to leave the territory, renouncing their so-called "republican" claims on foreign land. Azerbaijan, through local counter-terrorism operations on September 19–20, lasting only 23 hours, has already demonstrated to the separatists, the authorities of Armenia, and its backers what reverse actions could lead to.