The self-declared republic of Nagorno-Karabakh made a significant announcement regarding its dissolution. Effective January 1, 2024, and just one week after Azerbaijan‘s successful offensive, the region will undergo self-dissolution, including the dissolution of all its institutions. This marks the culmination of 30 years of conflict.
In a proclamation issued by the enclave’s leader, Samvel Sahramanyan, it was decreed that “all government institutions and organizations (…) will be dissolved on January 1, 2024,” resulting in the cessation of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh).
Last week, Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh suffered a military defeat within a mere 24 hours, compelling them to surrender to Azerbaijan. This was the country they had seceded from over three decades ago, following the collapse of the USSR.
Armenia, which had provided support to this region for many years, refrained from military intervention on this occasion, effectively facilitating the reintegration of the region into Azerbaijan.
The Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh has initiated a mass exodus. Approximately 65,000 people, constituting half of the enclave’s roughly 120,000 inhabitants, have fled in a matter of days, fearing persecution by Azerbaijan, despite assurances from Baku that their rights would be respected.