Peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan puts local Christians at risk
A peace deal has ended the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, but some Armenians are concerned that the Christian culture of the region may be eradicated. The peace deal came after months of attacks on Armenia from Azerbaijan and Turkey. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to the Russian-brokered deal earlier this week to put an end to the conflict.
Under the deal, the Armenian army will withdraw from the Nagorno-Karabakh area, and Russian peacekeepers will be put in place. “I personally made a very hard decision for me and all of us,” Pashinyan wrote in a statement announcing the agreement. “It’s not a victory, but there’s no defeat,” he added.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region is mostly Armenian, but it has been considered within the borders of Azerbaijan despite claiming independence. Many called Pashinyan a “traitor” for signing the deal, and protests even started in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Others consider the peace deal means that Armenians in the area will be “wiped out.”
“Azeris are not only trying to take territory that has been historically Armenian for thousands of years (…) They want to wipe out the Armenian people,” Daniel Decker, an Armenian composer, told CBN News. “Their very existence is in danger right now,” Decker concluded.