Three former Nagorno-Karabakh leaders arrive in Armenia

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Three ex-leaders of Azerbaijan’s formerly ethnic Armenian-controlled region of Nagorno-Karabakh arrived safely in Armenia on Tuesday, the Armenian state news agency Armenpress quoted one of them as saying.

Azerbaijan took control of the territory after three decades in a lightning military operation on Sept. 20, and vowed to prosecute the “criminal” separatist leadership, who it said had poisoned the minds of the population.


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Almost all the 120,000 or so inhabitants have since fled to Armenia, fearing for their safety. But Azerbaijan has arrested Ruben Vardanyan, a former head of Karabakh’s government, and Levon Mnatsakanyan, former commander of Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist army, at border checkpoints.

Former state minister Artur Arutyunyan, ex-interior minister Karen Sarkisyan and the former head of the security service, Ararat Melkunyan, all entered Armenia on Tuesday, Arutyunyan said, according to Armenpress.

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