On Nov. 9, a ceasefire agreement, signed by Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, ended 44 days of war in the Nagorno Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. According to the agreement, Armenian troops are to withdraw from the Kalbajar, Agdam and Lachin districts of Azerbaijan by Dec. 1. Many news agencies published gruesome images of scorched earth policy, conducted by Armenians before the pullout in order to delay the start of reconstruction efforts and the return of Azerbaijani internally displaced people. Armenians burned houses, knocked off power lines, cut down thousands of trees and slaughtered domestic animals, leaving their guts out to spread viral diseases, which constitutes ecoterrorism. Moreover, there have been reports of Armenian military units setting thousands of land mines in all three districts in order to inflict death upon returning Azerbaijani IDPs.

Riada Rahimova, Rochester

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