Montrealers call for independence for The Republic of Artsakh amid conflict with Azerbaijan
Monday, 19 October, 2020, 10:55
Members of Montreal's Armenian community gathered on Sunday to call for independence for The Republic of Artsakh, a disputed territory that is at the centre of a growing conflict.
The Republic of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, is primarily made up of ethnic Armenians. While the state's parliament voted to join Armenia after the fall of the USSR, internationally it's considered a part of Azerbaijan.
Over the past three weeks, numerous villages have been destroyed and hundreds of casualties have been reported on both sides. On Saturday, a ceasefire was announced, though each country soon accused the other of breaking it.
On Monday, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is expected to make a statement on the conflict.
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