Celebrations Kick Off in Azerbaijan After Peace Deal With Armenia Over Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

The sounds of fireworks exploding and car horns beeping filled Baku in the early hours of November 10, after a peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was announced.

Azerbaijan’s president Ilhm Aliyev claimed victory at the announcement of the agreement, posting to Twitter that the “statement constitutes Armenia’s capitulation. This statement puts an end to the years-long occupation.”

Russia, who helped broker the deal, agreed to deploy peacekeeping troops to the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh to help stop military conflict, according to reports.

In Armenia, protesters stormed the nation’s parliament in Yerevan demonstrating their dissatisfaction with the deal. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said on Facebook that calling an end to the fight was “extremely painful for me personally and for our people.”

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a 1994 truce ended a separatist war in which close to 30,000 people died. Credit: Taleh Feyzulla via Storyful