Aliyev announces demobilization of servicemen drafted because of hostilities in Karabakh

25 December 2020


Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has announced the gradual demobilization of soldiers drafted in connection with military actions in Karabakh from December 25, 2020, to April 15, 2021. A decree to this effect by the head of state was published Friday on his website.

"From December 25, 2020, to April 15, 2021, the military personnel called up for military service under mobilization on the basis of the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of September 28, 2020, shall be gradually demobilized," the document reads.

The situation escalated on September 27 and active battles broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku and Yerevan have disputed the belonging of the region since February 1988, when it announced its secession from the Azerbaijani SSR. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the full cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 9. According to the document, the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides stop at the occupied positions, a number of areas are transferred to Baku's control, and Russian peacekeepers are deployed along the line of contact and the Lachin corridor.


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Based on materials from TASS