Azerbaijan’s Lachin district: 25 years of occupation

Twenty-five years have passed since the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Lachin district by Armenia.

As many as 64,000 Azerbaijanis became the internally displaced persons, more than 300 servicemen and civilians were killed or missing during the occupation of the Lachin district. The town of Lachin, one settlement and 120 villages of the district were occupied by the enemy. 

On a night from May 16 to 17, 1992, Armenian armed forces got into the region through the Lachin corridor. The occupation of the Lachin region caused a serious blow to Azerbaijan’s economy.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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