UN Team Enters Nagorno-Karabakh for First Time in 30 Years

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    The Facts

    • A UN mission entered Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday for the first time in 30 years to assess the situation in the region as a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians begins to wind down following a 24-hour Azerbaijani military offensive two weeks ago that led to the surrender of local forces.

    • According to the Armenian government, over 100K people — out of Nagorno-Karabakh's estimated population of 120K — have fled the region for Armenia via the Lachin corridor. The UN said, that many of those fleeing "are hungry, exhausted, and need immediate assistance.“

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Hundreds of years of Armenian history will soon be erased as Azerbaijan seeks to ethnically cleanse Nagorno-Karabakh, known as Artsakh to its indigenous Armenian population. The world, yet again, is watching in silence as long-dispossessed people are pushed out of their homeland.

    Narrative B

    Azerbaijan has finally triumphed and reclaimed its sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh. This will dislodge Armenia's military presence in the region and ensure the return of refugees displaced by Armenia in the first war — Azerbaijan only seeks to live in harmony with its neighbors.

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