January 13, 2021 - 15:30 AMT
Minister: 34,000 Karabakh residents left homeless after war

Around 34,000 residents of Nagorno-Karabakh have become homeless as a result of the six-week war unleashed by Azerbaijan in September 2020, Karabakh's Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Migration Mane Tandilyan has said, according to Factor.am.

Tandilyan said there is a need for 8-10,000 apartments to provide housing to those who have lost their homes in the war.

Some 120 settlements were ceded to Azerbaijan under a trilateral statement signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia to end the hostilities in Karabakh, which means dozens of thousands of people have lost their properties and homes. Tandilyan said the Ministry will be starting a housing program and ensuring compensations to the displaced residents.

The Minister said houses and an opportunity to engage in agriculture will be provided in the regions of Askeran, Martuni, Martakert and Shushi to all those who'd like to live in those areas.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev on November 9 signed a statement to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side has returned all the seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.